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In the course of this discovery, the whole of German history was subjected to a thorough reinvestigation and reassessment. The 24 1939: a Retrospect Forty Years After previous dogma that German history was dominated not by domestic factors but by foreign policy considerations was turned upside down. 13 However, it appeared to be much easier to trace the domestic influences on the conduct of foreign policy in Bismarckian or Wilhelmine Germany than in the Third Reich. Hitler himself turned out to be the stumbling block for the 'Primat der Innenpolitik " because both the importance of foreign policy in Nazi Germany and the impact of Hitler's own decisions are indisputable.

42. See Wendt, Economic Appeasement p. 535 on the British reaction to Schacht's dismissal. 43. Hitler urged his men during the war to take the Teutonic Knights as a shining example who had not won the East with 'Glacehandschuhen' but with the bible and the sword. Picker, Hitlers Tischgesprache, p. 285 (12 December 1942). 44. , p. 247 (27 April 1942) and p. 440 (18 July 1942). 45. Diary of the Chief of the General Staff, Franz Halder, Kriegstagebuch, vol. I (Stuttgart, 1962) p. 42. The German View 39 46.

20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 37 impression is also evident in Sidney Aster, 1939: the Making of the Second World War (London, 1973). It must be said, however, that most historians who attempted to prove this thesis concentrated on the period before 1914, notably Hans Ulrich Wehler, Bismarck und der Imperialismus (Koln/Berlin, 1972) and Volker R. Berghahn, Der Tirpz~z-Plan (Diisseldorf, 1971). Cf. Balfour, Propaganda in War, pp. 148-51, and Marlis G. Steinert, Hitler's War and the Germans: Public Mood and Attitude during the Second World War, translated from German (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1977).

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