To understand how far Hitler’s foreign policy represented the wishes of most Germans we have first to consider where he came from and how his politics related to other German political traditions. Hitler was born in 1889 in the Austrian part of the then Austro-Hungarian empire. This was a multinational state that had survived into the age of European nation states. Its constitution was that of a dual monarchy from 1867, representing its Austrian and Hungarian halves and presided over by the Habsburg dynasty in the person of the Emperor Francis Joseph from 1848 to 1916. But in addition to the Austrian and Hungarian ruling groups, the empire also contained populations of Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Serbs and Croats.
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