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What Hitler KnewThe Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy$
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Zachary Shore

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154597.001.0001

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Introduction: The Darker World

Introduction: The Darker World

(p.3) Introduction: The Darker World
What Hitler Knew

Zachary Shore (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the ominous situation faced by Hitler's diplomats in Nazi Germany. It then discusses the purpose of the book, which is to examine how governmental officials reached decisions on foreign policy under the stresses and strains of a violent dictatorship. It considers both the regime's domestic political environment, and its control of information. The book shows how the control of knowledge—or information—affected decision-making in Nazi Germany, and is a portrait of how a dictator's seeming strength can actually be his weakest link.

Keywords:   Nazi Germany, Hitler, diplomats, foreign policy, dictator

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