That is clearly a misinterpretation of what he says. In your quote it says: "There are strong arguments for suggesting.......that far from seeking a major war in September 1939 to avert domestic disaster, Hitler was convinced that the Polish crisis could be localised and Poland brought within the German orbit with possibly no war at all, as had Austria and Czechoslovakia." IOW - he did not want war with the western powers, but was prepared to go to war with Poland (not a 'major war'), hoping that the situation could be resolved in the same way as with Czechoslovakia.michael mills wrote:He concludes that Germany did not want war to start in 1939, but wanted to continue the process of establishing economic domination over East and Southeast Europe, including Poland, with the aim of creating a political and economic power bloc that could confront the Soviet Union in due course.
Emphasis by me."It is not Danzig that is at stake. For us it is a matter of expanding our living space in the East and making food supplies secure and also solving the problem of the Baltic states. Food supplies can only be obtained from thinly populated areas. Over and above fertility, thorough German cultivation will tremendously increase the produce. No other openings can be seen in Europe."
"There is, therefore, no. question of sparing Poland, and we are left with the decision: to attack Poland at the first suitable opportunity"
- Hitler, Conference at the Reich Chancellory, Berlin, May 23, 1939 from minutes of his adjutant Rudolf Schmundt.
To blame Britain for the commencement of hostilities in 1939 is convoluted thinking. Hitler knew that Britain had obligations and he had been told very firmly that Britain intended to honour them before 1st September. He presumed that she would not honour them, and that he therefore could literally get away with murder, again. It was his decision, and his fault that it came to war. You maybe able to pin some of the blame on that cretin von Ribbentrop, but certainly not on the British.
Letter by the British PM to Hitler, 23rd August 1939
[...]Whatever may prove to be the nature of the German-Soviet Agreement, it cannot alter Great Britain's obligation to Poland which His Majesty's Government have stated in public repeatedly and plainly, and which they are determined to fulfil.
If the case should arise, they are resolved, and prepared, to employ without delay all the forces at their command, and it is impossible to foresee the end of hostilities once engaged. It would be a dangerous illusion to think that, if war once starts, it will come to an early end even if a success on any one of the several fronts on which it will be engaged should have been secured.[...]
After this, Hitler had a week to reconsider. He did not - the result was exactly as Mr. Chamberlain predicted.