A Perfidious Distortion Of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty And The Success Of The Nazis by Jurgen TampkeA Perfidious Distortion Of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty And The Success Of The Nazis by Jurgen Tampke

A Perfidious Distortion Of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty And The Success Of The Nazis

byJurgen Tampke

Hardcover | December 22, 2017

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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 1944 in Brandenburg, Germany, and migrated to Australia in 1964. He graduated with first-class honours from Macquarie University in 1971 and with a PhD from the Australian National University in 1975. Jurgen occupied the position of associate professor at the School of History, University of New South Wales, befo...
Title:A Perfidious Distortion Of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty And The Success Of The NazisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:December 22, 2017Publisher:Scribe PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925321940

ISBN - 13:9781925321944


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserved to be called a classic a great "mythbuster!" This is a brilliant book it is well-written well-researched and should totally change the paradaigm regarding the much maligned Versailles treaty. I shows through history and archives that the war guilt clause of the treaty was a fair and correct judgement and was abused by the Germans to avoid taking full responsibility for the damage both financial and human of the war and flouted any of the obligations of their treaty. How the terms were flouted alone makes the book worth reading. It was a book I could not put down the book and I recommend it to everyone and anyone, especially history buffs.
Date published: 2018-07-04

Editorial Reviews

An intriguing and persuasive account by an experienced historian of the much-maligned Treaty of Versailles. This new book provides a fresh and often provocative account of a tangled story. It should help put to rest the persisting myth about the 1919 peace with Germany.''This is a fascinating and provocative re-assessment of one of the great conventional wisdoms of recent history, made all the more compelling by the Australian-based author's forceful and often witty delivery.''In this highly readable account Jurgen Tampke tackles the much-debated and perennially fascinating question of whether the Treaty of Versailles caused the Second World War. He comes down firmly on the No side and produces a wealth of evidence and careful analysis to back his arguments. Anyone who is interested in what remains one of modern history's most important debates will want to read this.''This is an excellent book, which argues it case well. It should be widely read in the lead up to the centenary of the Armistice and peace settlement.''Gamely confronts the now-prevailing orthodoxy ... deserves to be read.'A fascinating and well-crafted account of how the peace-treaty of 1919 led to the Second World War - and the reasons may not be the ones you expect.'