Sontag, Raymond J.
April 1957
Foreign Affairs;Apr1957, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p507
Academic Journal
The German Foreign Ministry archives contain papers relating to the last months of peace in 1939. This article investigates evidence from the archives the way in which a succession of diplomatic moves developed into a diplomatic crisis involving all of Europe, and eventually precipitated a world war which at the outset Adolf Hitler had no thought of starting and which at the end he hoped to avoid. Hitler's record is examined, setting side the legend that he was either a fool or a reckless gambler, in order to see the story in a proper perspective and appreciate its present relevance.


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