PERFIDIOUS DISTORTION OF HISTORY


PERFIDIOUS DISTORTION OF HISTORY

JURGEN TAMPKE    Book Number: 88095    Product format: Paperback

The Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919 which concluded World War I imposed punitive reparations on Germany. Starting with John Maynard Keynes 100 years ago, many historians have argued that the burden of reparations drove the country into the arms of Hitler as voters sought not only to end the hyperinflation of the Weimar period but also were desperate to salvage their national pride. By contrast, Tampke's revisionist account of the period argues that Germany deliberately used inflation as a way of reducing the value of the money paid as reparations, and that the peace treaty did not in fact humiliatingly ascribe collective guilt to Germany. The Versailles treaty returned Alsace-Lorraine to France but the author argues this was not a genuine loss of territory. Reparations were within the German capacity to repay. The Versailles settlement was opposed by the old Prussian officer class and the Catholic Centre party which was worried about communists, but citing counterfactual historians and other revisionists the author argues that unreasonable treaty conditions were not part of the equation. Any intemperance, he argues, was on the part of Germans who conducted the Great War with the utmost brutality, wasting Germany's human resources and mercilessly shelling civilian populations. Poison gas, forbidden by the Hague convention, was used in 1915, while the US was finally brought into the war on the Allied side in outrage at German plans to conquer South America. 314pp, paperback, notes, bibliography.
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ISBN 9781911617280
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