Since its publication in 1961, The Origins of the Second World War has been closely read by friend and foe. Its general argument that the Second World War resulted from misunderstanding, mistakes and traditional patterns of statecraft for which no one can be blamed proved unpalatable to many English and American scholars, who raised two basic objections to Taylor’s book. Firstly, he had cast doubt on the validity of moral judgements in dealing with Nazi Germany and historical events generally, and he had also repudiated the Nuremberg verdict that the war was an integral part of National Socialist policy. It was feared that the first point would obfuscate historiographical thought while the second could endanger current and future political developments.
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- Critics of the Taylor View of History
C. Robert Cole
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