The Foreign Policy of Nazi Germany

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The Foreign Policy of Nazi Germany Monday, March 14 th / 2011 Other countries foreign ministries found it difficult to understand the full implications of the consolidation of the Nazi power within Germany and its meaning for the rest of the world Hitler was a difficult piece of work for European statesmen In many ways, beneath all the technological façade inside Germany, Nazism clearly represented a reversion to a more brutal way This is what made Hitler so difficult to deal with On the day Hitler was appointed chancellor, a copy of Mein Kampf was placed in front of a library in London In the end, very radically, opposite conclusions would be drawn Example: French Ambassador in Berlin for much of the 30s came to conclude that Hitler was “a man possessed” The picture was not clear and self-evident as to Hitler’s means and aims He lived in pre-war Vienna Hitler claimed he had assimilated a worldview, which shaped the foundation of his dealings/basic ideology Hitler was set in terms of his outlook on the world Idea of racial struggle Unlike his Marxist contemporaries that argued that class struggle was the motor for historical change, Hitler saw a national, racial conflict as the real motor of history He assumed that he belonged to the potential global masters, and that race to succeed nearly had to fulfill two duties: maintain his superiority and secure the material base Geopolitics In addition to this false doctrine of racial struggle, this sought to interpret human development Lebensraum – “living space” In Mein Kampf, where that living space might be found/secured was a bit unclear Second volume of Mein Kampf (never published, because it was giving his whole strategy away)
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor D.smyth during the Spring '10 term at University of Toronto.

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