What Germany Forgot

What Germany Forgot

What Germany Forgot

What Germany Forgot

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This book was begun as an introduction to a volume The Cost of the World War to the Central Powers, by Dr. Leo Grebler and Professor Wilhelm Winkler, which is a statistical summary of conclusions drawn chiefly from the Economic and Social History of the World War and published as a supplement to that series. The issues which it raised with reference to Germany, however, were too far-reaching to be covered within the limited space of a prefactory statement, especially as they have acquired an even greater importance, with the outbreak of the present war, than in the years of liquidation after the World War. In the survey which follows, some of the more important of these issues are reviewed in the light of many long-term researches in different countries which have opened up a different perspective from that widely accepted, not only in Germany but in America as well. It is to be expected that the conclusions here presented will be unacceptable to those who have unconsciously but effectively aided the cause of militarism in the post-war years by putting all blame for what has happened upon the Treaty of Versailles. This book is not a defence of that Treaty, of sections of which the author has been critical both during and after the Peace Conference; but it is a reminder that wholesale denunciation of the peace . . .

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