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Go-Betweens for Hitler

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Karina Urbach is a Longterm Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She has published several books on nineteenth and twentieth-century history, including Bismarck's Favourite Englishman: Lord Odo Russell's Mission to Berlin (I.B.Tauris, 2000) and Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989 (Stanford University Press, 2013), co-edited with Jonathan Haslam. She has also contributed to several British and German TV documentaries, and was the historical advisor for BBC Two's Royal Cousins at War (2014).


From peace-feelers in the First World War to appeasers on the eve of the Second World War, this unique book makes fascinating reading * Coryne Hall, European Royal History Journal * To be sure, Go Betweens For Hitler may essentially be based within the parameters of a scholarly undertaking, but it almost reads like that of a John Le Carre or Robert Littell novel. In and of itself, this speaks volumes. * David Marx, Book Reviews * Urbach has written a book that is as stimulating as it is entertaining, and one which deserves a wide readership. * Christopher Dowe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * engrossing and well-researched * Richard J Evans, London Review of Books * Just when one thinks every possible aspect of this war has been covered, along comes a surprise. Such is Karina Urbach's highly original new book, Go-Betweens for Hitler... an unsurpassable work on this intriguing subject. * Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer * [An] excellent book... Urbach has alighted upon a little studied and rather fascinating phenomenon; that of the aristocratic amateur ambassador, the titled back-stairs diplomatist. * The Times, Roger Moorehouse * A fascinating page-turner about Hitler's secret diplomacy in the 1930s, which was intended to secure British amity and then neutrality when he led Germany to war ... Urbach combed her way through archives across Europe to construct this image of a decaying aristocracy using their connections in the cultivation of appeasers in Britain. They were not without influence. * Lawrence Goldman, Books of the Year 2015, History Today *

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