World War One Historiography: Are we getting closer to the truth 100 years on?
The prevailing view on World War One- pushed by the “court historians” has been deeply seared into the minds of generations of people around the world. Even in Germany, children have been led to believe it. But is there counterpoint to the accepted view? Is there valid counterpoint? The answer to both questions is yes. But what is the “accepted” view?
As the tale goes, Germany was to blame for the war and the Kaiser was killing babies by impaling them on his pickelhaube. There have always been some challenges to this view but they have never taken hold due to the fact that victors get the spoils AND the best press. There is a legacy to protect. What if the last 100 years of foreign policy was built on the legs of a scarecrow?
It is not the intent of this paper to do an exhaustive look at the…
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