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Hitler: Only the World Was Enough

Brendan Simms



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Allen Lane
03 September 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; History; European history; Second World War; Fascism & Nazism; Geopolitics
'It is an illusion to believe that leaders gain in profundity while they gain experience . . . the convictions that leaders have formed before reaching high office are the intellectual capital they will consume as long as they continue in office' Henry Kissinger

For generations we have been hypnotised by the catastrophic, implausible way that Hitler came to seize power - the familiar story of the innumerable obstacles which fell aside to allow such a strange figure to rule a major European state.

Brendan Simms's major new biography has a very different focus. It is the first attempt fully to get to grips with the true origins of Hitler's ideas themselves. Simms focuses on what those ideas really were and how they emerged. This gives a very different picture of Hitler, highlighting both how deeply he had always reflected paranoid geopolitical German concepts, as well as his obsession with the United States (which loomed far greater in his imagination than the Soviet Union). It was this poisonous mix which was to have such a terrible impact on Europe's future.

Brendan Simms's new book is the first to take these beliefs seriously, demonstrating how, as ever, it is ideas that are the true source of the most murderous behaviour.
By:   Brendan Simms
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   1.177kg
ISBN:   9781846142475
ISBN 10:   1846142474
Pages:   784
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Brendan Simms is Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. His major books include Unfinest Hour- Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize) and Europe- The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present, which was published in 2013 to extraordinary reviews.

Reviews for Hitler: Only the World Was Enough

The question is, does [this new biography] advance our understanding of the man whose very name is now a cliche for the Ultima Thule in evil? [...] The answer is a resounding 'Yes'. -- Nigel Jones * History Today * Brendan Simms' book [...] certainly challenges some of our longstanding ideas about the man who ruled Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945. [...] He makes a number of claims that are certain to spark passionate debate. -- Robert Gerwarth * Financial Times *

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