A Perfidious Distortion of History: The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis

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About the Author
Jurgen Tampke was born 1944 in Brandenburg, Germany, and migrated to Australia in 1964. He graduated with first-class honours at 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, before his retirement. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Weimar and Nazi Germany and Czech-German Relations and the politics of Eastern Europe.

"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."
--Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris: 1919

"Gamely confronts the now-prevailing orthodoxy...deserves to be read."
--Roger Moorhouse, The Times

"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."
--Emeritus Professor, David Walker FASSA, FAHA Board Member, Foundation of Australian Studies, China

"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."
--Chris Vening

"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."
--Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent

"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."
--NZ International Review