Our Man in Berlin: The Diary of Sir Eric Phipps, 1933-1937

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 17, 2008 - History - 250 pages
Sir Eric Phipps was British ambassador to Berlin during the crucial period between Hitler's decision to withdraw Germany from the League of Nations to his decision to become involved in the Spanish Civil War. His diary offers a unique and often witty evaluation of Hitler and other leading Nazis and their domestic and foreign policies between 1933 and 1937. Special attention is given to detailed discussions of his private meetings with Hitler. In addition, Phipps worked closely with all of the leading figures in British foreign affairs at this time, including Sir John Simon, Sir Samuel Hoare and Anthony Eden. The diary also covers important themes in 1930s international affairs, such as appeasement, rearmament and the preparation for war. The book also includes short biographies of the key figures mentioned and some suggested additional reading Sir Eric Phipps was British ambassador to Berlin during the crucial period between Hitler's decision to withdraw Germany from the League of Nations to his decision to become involved in the Spanish Civil War. His diary offers a unique and often witty evaluation of Hitler and other leading Nazis and their domestic and foreign policies between 1933 and 1937. Special attention is given to detailed discussions of his private meetings with Hitler. In addition, Phipps worked closely with all of the leading figures in British foreign affairs at this time, including Sir John Simon, Sir Samuel Hoare and Anthony Eden. The diary also covers important themes in 1930s international affairs, such as appeasement, rearmament and the preparation for war. The book also includes short biographies of the key figures mentioned and some suggested additional reading 'Sir Eric Phipps was an acerbic and astute critic of Nazism between 1933 and 1937. Gaynor Johnson has therefore performed a great service to historians by editing his diary. Our Man in Berlin will be a key source on the period' - Peter Neville, Kingston University, UK 'Gaynor Johnson has done a great service to historians of international relations in editing Eric Phipps' diary. Publication of this fascinating source, illuminating as it does the recesses of British-German relations in the 1930s, is long overdue' - John W. Young, University of Nottingham, UK 'This book will become an indispensable source for anyone studying the origins of the Second World War.' - Erik Goldstein, Boston University.

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Introduction
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Notes
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Recommended Additional Reading
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GAYNOR JOHNSON is Senior Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford, UK. She is the author of The Berlin Embassy of Lord D'Abernon, 1920-1926 and a number of books and articles on international history and European diplomacy in the interwar period.

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