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By Peter Padfield

Remarkably, this is often the 1st full-length biography of a guy usually obvious because the very personification of evil. Heinrich Himmler was once not just head of Hitler's SS police and Gestapo, yet was once additionally in control of the dying camps within the East. The account of Himmler's existence and his impression at the upward thrust and fall of the Nazi country make a gripping and scary tale. yet greater than this, it's a profound ethical and highbrow inquiry into the character of evil within the human personality.

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France was the closest main enemy and Czechoslovakia the closest minor one. The sequence of wars would therefore be Czechoslo­ vakia first, France second, then the drive East, and thereafter elsewhere. In the decade 1924-34 Hitler had thought that a war with England could be postponed until after the one with Russia, but events early in his rule disabused him of this illusion; and by 1935 he was convinced of the opposite and making preparations accordingly. But belief in the necessity for a series of new wars immediately raised the memory of the last, and it is in this regard that Hitler's deductions from that conflict become significant.

The governments and peoples of the post-war era were not only pre­ occupied with the real and imagined defects of the peace settlement but also by what they thought were the lessons of the war. There was a great deal of discussion and concern about the causes of the Great War, primarily because it was seen as a horrendous disaster whose causes and origins ought to be examined from the perspective of avoiding any repetition. If military leaders are often castigated for preparing to fight * Recent work on reparations by such scholars as Sally Marks, Stephen Schuker, and Mark Trachtenberg has begun to displace the traditional picture.

The British, threatened like Russia in both East Asia and Europe, concentrated their attention, like the Russians and later the Americans, on what was perceived as the more dangerous threat in Europe. While beginning to rearm, their belief that a war anywhere would eventually involve them led the London government to try for local peaceful solu­ tions of specific issues or, as an alternative procedure capable of simul­ taneous implementation, to secure a general settlement with Germany in which economic and colonial concessions would be exchanged for German acceptance of the essentials of the status quo in Central and Eastern Europe.

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