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The Oster Conspiracy of 1938: The Unknown Story of the Military Plot to Kill Hitler and Avert World War II

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ISBN13: 9780060195878
ISBN10: 0060195878
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The fascinating but little-known true story of an aborted coup to eliminate Hitler, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hans Oster of German Military Intelligence

In September 1938, Hitler had been in power for more than five years and had unilaterally dismantled the Treaty of Versailles, provision by provision, daring Britain and France to stand up to him. Earlier that year he had forced Austria into his Third Reich without firing a single shot. Now his sights were set on Czechoslovakia.

It was in this dangerous climate that the first anti-Nazi coup was born. The plot was spearheaded by Oster, and its members included top German military leaders, the Berlin police, local troop commanders, civil authorities, religious leaders, and a group of resisters whose names have somehow been wiped from the pages of history. Their mission was to kill Hitler and to overthrow the Nazi regime.

Historian Terry Parssinen, using British and German sources and previously unknown documents in the Military History Institute of the U.S. Army War College, has documented the fast-paced story of this developing conspiracy. Revelatory, peopled with a rich cast of characters, and highly provocative, this is narrative history at its best. The author assesses the plot's chances for success and speculates about the consequences if the conspirators had been able to seize power in Berlin in 1938, thus averting World War II.

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Narrative history at its best, this impressively documented work is the fascinating story of an aborted coup and a plan to eliminate Hitler. 8-page photo insert. 3 maps.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-222) and index.

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In September 1938, Hitler had been in power for more than five years, and had abrogated most of the constraints placed on German militarism by the Treaty of Versailles. Earlier that year he had forced Austria into his Third Reich without a single shot fired, and his sights were set on Czechoslovakia. It was in this climate that a coup was born, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hans Oster of German Military Intelligence. Its members were an unusual clique of German military leaders, members of the Berlin police, local troop commanders, civil authorities, religious leaders, and a courageous group of resistors who assembled in a mission to unseat, and even kill, Hitler.

The Oster Conspiracy of 1938 mines the cultural and political milieu of post-WWI Europe, the forces and personal histories that motivated the group to such decisive and dangerous action, and the catalyst of their ultimate failure. This is narrative history at its best: revelatory, well documented with archival material, peopled with a rich cast of characters, fast-paced, and highly provocative.

About the Author

Terry Parssinen, Ph.D., is Professor of History at the University of Tampa and a specialist in modern European history. He lives in Tampa and Philadelphia.

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tomrep, January 11, 2009 (view all comments by tomrep)
this is one of a little known but one of the very first plots agaist adoph hitler. this book is very well detailed and I found the arthurs research to be very fasinating. before reading this book I only knew about the july 1944 plot agaist hitler but the oster conspiracy was much more detailed and the writers documentaion and what he shares in this book could have made a drastic change in the second world war. this is truly a historic book with lots of unsung hereos. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
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ISBN:
9780060195878
Subtitle:
The Unknown Story of the Military Plot to Kill Hitler and Avert World War II
Author:
Parssinen, Terry M.
Author:
Parssinen, Terry
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
General History
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no 401
Publication Date:
20030401
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.38x6.44x.93 in. 1.11 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General

The Oster Conspiracy of 1938: The Unknown Story of the Military Plot to Kill Hitler and Avert World War II
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Product details 256 pages Harper - English 9780060195878 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Narrative history at its best, this impressively documented work is the fascinating story of an aborted coup and a plan to eliminate Hitler. 8-page photo insert. 3 maps.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-222) and index.
"Synopsis" by , In September 1938, Hitler had been in power for more than five years, and had abrogated most of the constraints placed on German militarism by the Treaty of Versailles. Earlier that year he had forced Austria into his Third Reich without a single shot fired, and his sights were set on Czechoslovakia. It was in this climate that a coup was born, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hans Oster of German Military Intelligence. Its members were an unusual clique of German military leaders, members of the Berlin police, local troop commanders, civil authorities, religious leaders, and a courageous group of resistors who assembled in a mission to unseat, and even kill, Hitler.

The Oster Conspiracy of 1938 mines the cultural and political milieu of post-WWI Europe, the forces and personal histories that motivated the group to such decisive and dangerous action, and the catalyst of their ultimate failure. This is narrative history at its best: revelatory, well documented with archival material, peopled with a rich cast of characters, fast-paced, and highly provocative.

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