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By Jürgen Tampke

A arguable and significant paintings of revisionist historical past that rebuts the authorized model of the position of the Versailles Peace Treaty within the upward push of Nazism and the unleashing of global conflict II.

The Versailles Peace Treaty, the pact that ended international warfare I among the German empire and the Allies, has now not loved a favorable popularity due to the fact that its signing in June 1919. traditional knowledge has it that the treaty's specifications for large reparation funds crippled the economic climate of the Weimar Republic and destabilised its political lifestyles. eventually, it truly is argued, the treaty avoided the seeds of democracy sown within the aftermath of the nice conflict from flourishing, and drove the German humans into the hands of Adolph Hitler.

In this authoritative ebook, Jurgen Tampke disputes this standard view. He argues that Germany acquired away with its accountability for international battle I and its behaviour in the course of it; that the treaty used to be nowhere close to as punitive as has been lengthy felt; that the German hyper-inflation of the Nineteen Twenties was once not less than in part a planned coverage to minimise the price of paying reparations; and that global warfare II was once a continuation of Germany's longstanding battle aims.

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