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new addition to the debate over Versailles:



A Perfidious Distortion of History: the Versailles Peace Treaty and the success of the Nazis
by Jurgen Tampke

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Anyone who is interested in what remains one of modern history's most important debates will want to read this." - Margaret MacMillan, author ofParis: 1919

The Versailles Peace Treaty, the pact between Germany and the Allies that ended World War I, has not enjoyed a positive reputation since its signing in June 1919. Conventional wisdom has it that the treaty's requirements for massive reparation payments crippled the economy of the Weimar Republic and destabilized its political life. Ultimately, it is believed, the treaty prevented the seeds of democracy sown in the aftermath of the Great War from flourishing, and drove the German people into the arms of Adolf Hitler.

In this authoritative book, Jurgen Tampke disputes this commonplace view. He argues that Germany got away with its responsibility for World War I and its behavior during it; that the treaty was nowhere near as punitive as has been long felt; that the German hyperinflation of the 1920s was at least partly a deliberate policy to minimize the cost of paying reparations; and that World War II was a continuation of Germany's longstanding war aims.

Jurgen Tampke was born in 1944 in Brandenburg, Germany, and migrated to Australia in 1964. He is the author and editor of numerous books, includingWeimar and Nazi Germany and Czech-German Relations and the Politics of Eastern Europe.
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One should read Professor Annika Mombauer's Controversies and Consensus in which see makes a very convincing case how the Wiemar Republic created an organisation to encourage the idea that Germany had no blame and the Versailles Peace Treaty was hopelessly unjust. The idea was to be able to repudiate reparations. At the same time sho produced a very useful book of translated German documentation (she is German) to illustrate that if not necessarily a deliberate act WW1 was the result of criminal negligence on Germany's part. The Kaiser's government was well aware of the risks it was running in 1914.
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Another interesting book. German late war commander of HSF submarines gives his views on the war.
https://www.amazon.com/Submarine-War...740MSNN0212B26
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