A. J. P. Taylor: "The Origins of the Second World War"


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Brilliant new video by Horus on A.J.P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War

Published in 1961, Taylor references the shaping of post-War historical narrative at the time in noting that German sources were not available to him.  He writes, "The Allies captured the German archives in 1945; and originally intended to publish a complete series from 1918 to 1945. Later this was cut down on grounds of expense to the years since Hitler's ascension to power in 1933.  Even this plan is not complete: there is a yawning gulf between 1933 and 1937." Taylor wanly accepts this excuse rather than see it as the deliberate control of the narrative in support of the Nuremberg Thesis, twenty years on (which relates to our recent discussions of Kennedy's assasination). 

The Nuremberg Thesis, which endures to the present day, is the premise that all the answers about the origins of the war were uncovered and dealt with appropriately in the Nuremberg Trials.  Taylor's book was controversial at the time for overturning much of the thinking about the stress points leading up to the War-- Reoccupation of the Rhineland, Anschluß; Sudentenland, and Danzig.  Horus concludes that Taylor's analyses of these events, however, are at odds with his conclusions about the origins of the War, leaving only his leftist ideology as the basis for them.  

Signing the Locarno 'Peace Pact' at the Foreign Office, December 1st 1925.

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