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My struggle : Hitler's olive branch to England and the foundation for British appeasement / by Doug Phinney

Publication | Library Call Number: D751 .P45 2007

This thesis proves Adolf Hitler went to much greater lengths in the early 1930s to win England's friendship than historians previously realized. It argues Hitler commissioned a custom-made English abridgement of his bestselling book Mein Kampf in 1931 hoping to appeal directly to the British people for an Anglo-German military alliance. This thesis does what no other scholarly examination of the Nazi era has yet done: directly compare Hitler's original Mein Kampf to the official British and American translations to show how Hitler changed his own book to make himself and his Nazi movement less objectionable to the British people. Hitler was so eager to win over the British that he ordered another revision to that 1931 abridgement over the summer of 1933 to ensure the text made the maximum appeal to its intended audience. The resulting popularity of this twice-censored English Mein Kampf, finally published during the autumn of 1933, shows the British people's receptiveness to Hitler's early diplomatic efforts and begins to explain why three different Prime Ministers pursued the policy of appeasement throughout the 1930s.

Phinney, Doug.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-95)
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