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The Peterhouse History Society warmly welcomes you to Hitler: Only the World was Enough

last modified Oct 07, 2019 07:28 AM
Just in case you missed Professor Simms discussing his new biography of Hitler on the 30th September:

The Peterhouse History Society warmly invite you to a presentation by Professor Brendan Simms, Director of the Forum on Geopolitics and Professor of European International Relations. He will be discussing his new book: 

"Hitler: Only the World was Enough"

Date/Time: Thursday 10th October 2019. Talk and Questions from 5:30-6:45pm, drinks reception and opportunity to purchase the book at a discount will follow.
Place: The Peterhouse Theatre (The porters will be happy to direct you) 
Additional details: Please RSVP to Andrew Walker (the society secretary) at asdw2@cam.ac.uk if you are interested in attending as soon as possible.

Adolf Hitler is one of the most studied men in history, and yet the most important things we think we know about him are wrong. His main preoccupation was not, as widely believed, the threat of Bolshevism and the Soviet Union, but that of international capitalism and
Anglo-America. These two fears drove both his anti-semitism and his determination to secure the 'living space' necessary to survive in a
world dominated by the British Empire and the United States. These concerns were aggravated by Hitler's profound 'racial' pessimism about the quality of a German people whose vitality he believed had been sapped by centuries of Jewish and foreign domination, internal division and the steady loss of its most 'vital' elements through emigration to the new world.

Basing himself in part on new sources, Brendan Simms traces the way in which Hitler's ideology emerged after 1918 in response to his traumatic encounter with Anglo-America in the First World War. The United States and the British Empire (which loomed far greater in his imagination than the Soviet Union) served as models for Germany’s own empire, equally founded in his view on appropriation of land, racism and violence.  Hitler's aim was to create a similarly global future for Germany – a country seemingly doomed otherwise not just to irrelevance, but to extinction. His principal concern during the resulting cataclysm was not just what he saw as the clash between German and Jews, or between German and Slav, but above all that between Germans and what he called 'Anglo-Saxons'. In the end only dominance of the world would have been enough to achieve Hitler's objectives, and it ultimately required a coalition of virtually the entire world to defeat him.

Brendan Simms's new book is the first to explain Hitler's beliefs fully, demonstrating how, as ever, it is ideas that are the ultimate source of the most murderous behaviour.