Letters to the Editor - February 2012

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The Limits of Versailles

Versailles can only have ‘sowed the seeds of further conflict’ if it could have done otherwise. In Germany: a New Carthage (January 2012) Antony Lentin says nothing to challenge Margaret MacMillan’s judgement that ‘when war came in 1939, it was a result of 20 years of decisions taken or not taken, not of arrangements made in 1919’. So what else could have been done with Germany? Nothing Keynes wanted. Lentin pins on him ‘the psychological consequences of the peace’. But surely these can be summarised in two words, Hitler myth, about the plucky chappy who redeemed Germany’s lost power and gave two fingers to those who had stitched up the Reich.

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