Originally Posted by Der Alte
History is written by the victors to the extent that history is shaped by statistics released by the victors. However, each generation of historians "rewrites" a lot of history for two reasons. One is for individual historians to make a name for themselves. The second is because events are reexamined through the prism of the time. While somewhat useful, we run the danger of losing sight of the motivations and viewpoints of the players in a certain event. Sometimes it is not Who writes history, but HOW...Norman Cantor, a history writer and professor, wrote a book "Inventing History" where he explains that Writers tend to put their own 'spin' on events, depending on their politics, perspective and also the era in which they write. A historian is literally a writer of History. That's what separates historians from "history buffs" - they are working in the industry, and usually teaching at the same time. Historians don't "tend" to put their spin on events - it is their job to do so. But they would call it research, not "spin” but history many times tends to be an echo chamber. One historian sneezes and you will hear that sneeze for a hundred years in a hundred books.
ALL sides of historical events write the history. The history taught in the US about WWII is not the same as in Japan, and vice versa. The history taught in Sweden about the Thirty Year's War is not the same as in France...
...The information is out there and it is out there in a wide variety ofsources with competing interpretations. But what we should remember is that history is a complex social science. It's not just a chunk of facts for grade-schoolers to remember.
Thanks Die Alte, enjoy your posts.
What people outside Germany do not realise was that after Hitler refused to make further Reparations for the First World War in 1935, Poland began beating a drum and demanding the right to annexe more and more of eastern Germany, Silesia, Pomerainia etc. Hitler raised the level of vitriol in return making counter threats against Poland
Once Hitler had made the blunder to invade Poland his hand was continuously forced by the hands of his enemies.
In February 1940 both the UK and France began sending massive arms support to Finland in it's battle against the Soviets. These arms were shipped to Narvik in Norway and then shipped by rail across Sweden. Hitler correctly feared that an alliance between Finland and the Anglo french would cut off his Iron ore from the north of Finland. Thus Hitler was forced to invade Norway to cut off this support.
Both prior to and during WW2, the Nazi party was a big beneficiary of support from Rockerfeller and secret oil shipments from the Gulf in false flag operations. Hitler paid for Rockerfeller's oil with tankers built in German shipyards. These shipments even continued after the sea blockade of Germany commenced.
Rockerfeller had two pet hates. The Jewish Rothschilds who began a rival oil trade from the Gulf cutting out Rockerfeller from supplying Europe and his other pet hate was the Bolsheviks who confiscated his oil fields in the Caucus region.
Rockerfeller demanded the final solution to rid Europe of Jews and Rockerfeller also demanded the invasion of Russia. At one stage before Barbarossa, Stalin actually requested admission to the Tripartite Pact. Both Japan and Rockerfeller opposed this. Hitler was so beholding to Rockerfeller ad the other Wall Street support that he provided from Ford and General Electric that the Nazis became Rokerfeller's dancing puppet.