The End of the Republic
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What of Hitler in the years of stability? He had experienced imprisonment and a return to political obscurity. But he had not been deflected from his purpose. His years in the wilderness had been well spent, building up the party machine which was to carry him to power.
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- 3.For the various versions of Mein Kempf, see Hammer, ‘Die deutschen Ausgaben von Hitlers “Mein Kampf”’, pp. 161–78. Also Maser, Hitlers ‘Man Kampf’ (Munich, Bechtle, 1966) pp. 69–70. This is not the place to discuss Hitler’s foreign policy aims as set out in Mein Kampf and elsewhere. Hitler’s ideas were certainly affected by circumstances, as are those of all politicians. Nevertheless, the remarkable coincidence of his published thoughts and his later achievements can hardly be overlooked. For conflicting views on this subject, see Trevor-Roper, ‘Hitlers Kriegsziele’ and Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War, pp. 22–3, 98. Very illuminating on Hitler’s intentions in the 1930s is Robertson, Hitler’s Prewar Policy and Plans (London, 1963). 4 For accounts of Hitler’s policy at this time see Bullock, Hitler, pp. 130–40 and Noakes, “Conflict and Development in the NSDAP 1924–27”.Google Scholar