Vincent C. Paul - The politics of hunger

Author : Vincent C. Paul
Title : The politics of hunger The allied blockade of Germany, 1915-1919
Year : 1985

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Preface. Few historians today would claim that John Maynard Keynes’s Economic Consequences ofthe Peace did not exaggeratethe repercussions inherent in the financial clauses of the Versailles Treaty. After a rather short period of severe economic turmoil, some of it self-inflicted, the Germans experienced a rapid and considerable economic revival. But studies of Germany’s recovery, while essential in demonstrating the recuperative powers of the defeated country, invariably fail to address the crisis faced by the Germans in 1918-1919 and the pessimistic mindset that inevitably evolved when the people combined this crisis with their gloomy perception of the deliberations then taking place in Paris. The Treaty of Versailles was a punitive peace; it was not, however, a “Carthaginian Peace.” But the immediate postwar experience suggested to the average German - and, indeed, to John Maynard Keynes - «that the Allies would be motivated in their treatment of the Central Powers by hatred and a longing for revenge. ...

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