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Following on her acclaimed study of the collapse of international security during the early 1930s, Zara Steiner gives a dramatic and authoritative account of the coming catastrophe. She shows that the era of Hitler's rise to power, an ascent bent on war, was founded on ideologies which the democratic perception could neither penetrate nor arrest. Like few others, this survey takes both European and East Asian conflicts into interlocking accounts. In the light ofnew material, she refutes attempts to whitewash Mussolini; argues that Anglo-French military response in 1938 had realistic prospects; traces the global ramifications of Sino-Japanese wars; andre-evalues Moscow's diplomatic options. Zara Steiner shows that only Hitler regarded the Jewish question as of primary importance. Lucid, formidably documented, this profoundly original work will alter our perceptions of the tragic, decisive epoch from which our present world-map has emerged.