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The Third Reich's Intelligence Services
The Career of Walter Schellenberg

  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108216500

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  • This is the first-ever analytical study of Nazi Germany's political foreign intelligence service, Office VI of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and its head, Walter Schellenberg. Katrin Paehler tells the story of Schellenberg's career in policing and intelligence, charts the development and activities of the service he eventually headed, and discusses his attempts to place it at the center of Nazi foreign intelligence and foreign policy. The book locates the service in its proper pedigree of the SS as well as in relation to its two main rivals - the Abwehr and the Auswärtige Amt. It also considers the role Nazi ideology played in the conceptualization and execution of foreign intelligence, revealing how this ideological prism fractured and distorted Office VI's view of the world. The book is based on contemporary and postwar documents - many recently declassified - from archives in the United States, Germany, and Russia.

    • Will appeal to readers interested in foreign intelligence in Nazi Germany
    • Breaks new ground in making sense of Office VI and its many facets
    • Provides a better understanding of the Nazi state and its unique features
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    'This book will appeal particularly to - and be read with profit by - specialists in intelligence history.' Alaric Searle, German Studies Review

    '[The Third Reich's Intelligence Services] offers a tightly woven argument about one of Nazi Germany's foreign intelligence arms.' Kristie Macrakis, American Historical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108216500
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gaining a foothold
    2. Rising star
    3. Intelligence man
    4. Office VI and its forerunner
    5. Competing visions: Office VI and the Abwehr
    6. Doing intelligence: Italy as an example
    7. Alternative universes: Office VI and the Auswärtige Amt
    8. Schellenberg, Himmler, and the quest for 'peace'
    9. Postwar
    10. Concluding thoughts

  • Author

    Katrin Paehler, Illinois State University
    Katrin Paehler is Associate Professor at Illinois State University. She was a member of the Independent Historians Commission on the German Foreign Office and Nazism and its Aftermath, and is co-editor of A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe (2015).

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