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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144668623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446686232
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Dunskus on February 10, 2011
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Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof's book, now going into its seventh German edition (this review is based on number 2), unfolds the period between the two major European wars of the 20th century and shows us that foreign policy deals with questions of power and not with issues of morality.

Going back to the armistice of 1918 and the ensuing "Treaty of Versailles" - never negotiated, imposed on the vanquished, and never ratified by the USA - the author makes it clear that, while all parties involved had undertaken to disarm, only the Reich carried out its obligations, whereas the victors saw no reason to do likewise. On the contrary, driven by their mutual distrust and probably also by the feeling that the new structure of Europe could not stand, they continued to rearm, even after the Reich had, in the second half of the 1920s, reduced its military force to the levels required and thus no longer presented an immediate danger.

This unstable but not explosive state would maintain itself over the next decade, but we must remember that, in line with the military efforts of Britain and France, the US government, after the "Roosevelt Depression" of 1937/38, carried out a huge rearmament program involving battleships and four-engined bombers which were surely not intended to be used against Mexican bandits.

One can understand the basic attitude of countries like Poland or Czechoslovakia which, having profited greatly in 1919, also rearmed seriously in the 1920s and 1930s. In the case of Poland, it is an irony of History that this country, along with such areas as the Baltic states, owed its independence not to Versailles, but to the 1917 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between the "Central Powers" (Germany and her allies), victorious in the East, and the crumbling Russian empire.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Blacksunne on December 4, 2014
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This excellent work of historical scholarship makes mincemeat of the propaganda claims of the Allied powers, which they try to maintain and even to enshrine in law to this day. For a certain international Establishment the demonization of Germany as such, and German National Socialism in particular is an essential pillar of globalism and the New World Order that they wish to bring about. For this reason, in their view, a balanced account of the origins of WWII must be resisted. But for those who want Europe to survive, as opposed to sinking down to the level of an appendage of Africa and Western Asia, it is essential to win a sense of the actual origins of that war. The case for Germany is the case for truth. Only truth can free us from the lies that are killing us.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By john thames on August 2, 2013
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"1939: The War That Had Many Fathers" in no way tries to argue that Hitler and Germany had no responsibility for WW2. Rather, it argues - and very convincingly - that obsolete British balance of power politics and Polish intransigence aided and abetted by medieval dreams of grandeur had at least as much to do with it. I do not need to add to the very thorough and comprehensive comments of the previous reviewer. Anyone who wishes all the details can read the book. Suffice it to say that British desire to obstruct a resurgent Germany was at least as big a cause as German territorial ambitions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mulegino on June 21, 2014
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Those who have cut their teeth on the establishment myth of unique German guilt will find this book a real eye opener.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Truth Seeker on December 21, 2014
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This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the 20th Century and its wars - WWI, WWII, and the Cold War which followed. The author, a career General in the West German Army, has meticulously researched the German and British archives, and paints a devastating picture of an endless series of mistakes made by ambitious, unimaginative and ignorant men in many countries, and an endless series of small steps culminating in a horrifying catastrophe. Those whom we thought were heroes are revealed to have been stupid and psychopathic villains, and those whom we thought were villains are revealed to have been sincerely trying to do the best they could for their nations and the world. It is like watching a slow-motion train wreck happening, being powerless to stop it. It is a huge book - some 600+ pages - but it is packed with hidden facts and suppressed truths which you will not find in any other history book. It has only one flaw, which is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5, and that is, that it was obviously written in German, and the translation into English is often awkward, and takes getting used to. Once the reader gets past that, the book is a monumental work of an extremely important history, which we should all read, to reveal to us how warped and twisted is the "truth" we are taught in school and in the Western media. We have been cruelly lied to, and it has cost us over 100 million human lives in the 20th Century. This book reveals those lies, in all their sordid detail.
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