This could have acted as a powerbase for the Kapp Putsch and the eventual rise of the Nazis. The humiliation was also a main factor in weakening prospects for democracy for two reasons it led to stab in the back myth and a national inferiority complex. The stab in the back myth was perpetuated by the far right and the leading army generals. The stab in the back myth was that Germany was not losing ww1 and that the democratic politicians “stabbed Germany in the back” by surrendering to the entente. This allowed the far right to exploit the Germans hate of the treaty of Versailles and connect the treaty to democracy, so the people wouldn’t blame the loss of ww1 on the army but the democratic politician’s.
Although, she does admit even she was shocked when listening to the speech, as she explains “the line was not believable”. From this I can conclude that source one doesn’t wholly hold Churchill responsible for the 1945 election defeat, however the reliability of the source is questionable as it is bias towards the conservative party. Source two, an extract from Lord Butler’s memoirs, clearly shows opposition to not only Churchill but also the conservative party, Lord Butler for example describes Churchill’s speech as a “negative attack on the labour party” and believed that he should have instead focused on “post-war policies”. By describing Churchill’s use of the word “Gestapo” as a “strategic blunder” shows that Butler is blaming Churchill in having played a role in the defeat of the 1945 election. Although both members of the conservative party, Butler and Churchill were political enemies, this is evident when looking at the extract: “a poor third place to the concentrated exploitation of Churchill’s personality” – this is a personal attack on Churchill’s actions.
West Germans did not like this attitude as they describe East Germans as being lazy and also think that they should be grateful instead of being against them. By this time, as Peter Pulzer said 'Unification was precisely what those who welcomed it did not wish for'. And one of the problems that affected the East was precisely the abolition of its currency to the strong west German deutschmark. This made East German industry uncompetitive comparing to Western industry. There was an unfairness in the West towards
The peace of the mighty proved that to be wrong. The German Army in the field, although battered was still formidable in the eyes of the German leadership. They had gone to the peace table hoping for scraps and got the business end of the newspaper. The German Peace Delegation was forced to assume blame for the war, and then sit helplessly by as territories it felt were largely inhabited with Germans were made part of other states. The Germans had come to the table hoping to hear Wilson saying, “the equality of nations upon which peace much be founded on if it is to last must be an equality of rights..” (German Peace Delegation, p. 76) Instead they were hit with several Billion reichmarks in reparations, a reduced military and many other limitations politically, economically, militarily and territory wise (The Versailles Treaty, 1918).
Communism in the Cold War "The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want, they spread and grow in the evil soil of the poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive." as said by Harry S. Truman on march 12, 1947 in The Truman Doctrine. While Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy all had the same same Cold War intention of ending communism, their ways of achieving their goal were different.The Cold War was an angry dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union about whether we should spread or contain communism (Ayres 817).
Anna Funder articulates the stark contrast which existed between the lives of the East German Stasi and the ordinary civilians. Her exposé, Stasiland, depicts the totalitarian and oppressive regime which inflicted extreme levels of not only physical, but psychological damage upon its own citizens. Funder's use of a journalistic style and narrative elements works to cultivate our sympathies and encourage us to envisage a "topsy-turvy" landscape where it is "sentence first - verdict afterwards." Funder naïvely believes that through the power of story telling will bring a sense of closure to those who have told. Whilst other individuals resorted to other methods to escape the trauma of those years behind the wall.
I believe that the unpatriotic aspects of the war is the main reason the book was banned. Americans see World War II as a moral war against senseless manslaughter that we won. To show how we also participated in senseless manslaughter ourselves would be hard to explain to
A reader with even slight knowledge of the Holocaust or of Nazi Germany, would understand that sciences practiced during the Holocaust on prisoners was inhumane and as a whole un-scientific. The fact that some of the same procedures used in a time of moral darkness, were being used in America, is unnerving. The idea that Nazis were eugenically sterilizing thousands of people for the same reasons as Americans should unsettle the reader, making them uncomfortable to condone this behavior. The text “Carrie Buck’s Daughter” by Stephen Jay Gould is a successful persuasive text because Gould uses allusions, intellectual language, comparisons, sarcasm and statistics to provoke the reader’s thoughts and make them want to agree with
Orwell discloses the true motives of colonialism through the figure of Flory; an important character in Burmese Days as Orwell uses him to criticize the social behavior of the colonial society present in Burma at that time. During Flory’s debate with his friend Dr. Veraswami, he clearly reveals the true intentions of the British by saying that the “British Empire is simply a device for giving trade monopolies to the English” (p40). Flory believes that the British are not there in Burma to improve the country but for monetary gain. Therefore, the British use racism during colonialism to hide their true intentions. Through this conversation, we can realize the incredible influence that social code has had over people.
Nosferatu and Sunrise are known as the iconic and enduring figure of horror films. They single-handedly set the bar for all modern horror films today. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari has been interpreted as a political metaphor for the way that the new German government is suppressing the voices of the German people and using them to their advantage by using them to do things that are in the best interest of the government. But the writer Robert Weiner had to change the ending of the film to avoid the film being not deemed suitable for distribution. German Expressionism is a cultural movement that is challenging to define as it is not distinguished by a singular style or method of creation, but rather is better described by both the mindset of the artist creating