1st ed., 1973. Xliii + 352 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. This book shows how Hitler's policies followed his blueprint of expansion, outlined in Mein Kampf and based mainly on radical ideology, until political and military necessities, real and imagined, drove him to war against nations that played no part in his ideological programme. After an introduction that places Hitler and the Nazi regime in the perspective of German history, the author relates Hitler's actual theories to the rise of the Nazi state and the development of a system of men and institutions dedicated to carrying out the Fuhrer's orders. This system was to provide the machinery of expansion that becomes the focus of this study, as the spread of the Nazis is traced in detail from the annexation of Austria to Hitler's attack on Russia and declaration of war against America.