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AJP Taylor's views of the causes of WWII v. Bullock's.

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Mia Buntic January 29, 2003 History, Period 1 AJP Taylor's views of the causes of WWII v. Bullock's. In the years that followed World War II, many historians spent time analyzing the causes of the war. It is by no means, an easy task and results in different outlooks and interpretations. There are many situations to take into account, especially the state of unrest that Germany had been in after World War II. Two historians, AJP Taylor and Allan Bullock analyze the circumstances, which led to the outbreak of the war. On the causes of the war, both AJP Taylor and Allan Bullock acknowledge the rise of Hitler and the opportunities presented to him as catalysts of war, but Taylor-a revisionist-takes an apologist's view, while Bullock-a traditionalist-takes a conventional view. At the beginning of his novel, Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Allan Bullock places a quote by Aristotle: "Men do not become tyrants in order to beep out the cold." ...read more.


The people had little respect for the government and were in need of a leader who would be able to bring the country back on its feet. Hitler was this man. AJP Taylor takes a different approach in analyzing the rise to power of Hitler. He says, in A Revisionist View, "The League of Nations was a shadow; Germany could rearm, free from all treaty restrictions; the guarantees of Locarno were no more." (54). With this he is suggesting that the League of Nations was a bad influence on Germany and Hitler. It fathered Hitler and allowed him to seize power. Because the League of Nations did not provide adequate life conditions to the people of Germany it gave Hitler room to promote his ideas and persuade people that he should be trusted. Taylor says "Hitler was gambling on some twist of fortune which would present him with a success in foreign affairs, just as a miracle had made him Chancellor in 1933. ...read more.


Neville Chamberlain is an obvious candidate for this position." (59). Taylor, not only defends Hitler, but he puts the blame for the war on Chamberlain. He also discusses the arms race as being inevitable, and an opportunity given to Hitler and Germany. Taylor believes that Hitler only accepted the opportunities, given to him, in order to improve the conditions in his country and ameliorate its stand in the world. Because Hitler was given these opportunities, he recognized the importance of becoming involved, and therefore set out for the war. AJP Taylor and Allan Bullock both describe the events, which led to World War II. Bullock, a traditionalist, argues that Hitler became involved in political Germany in order to satisfy his need for power. He argues that Hitler's greed caused him to enter the war and continue destroying lives until the end of his life. Taylor, on the other hand, argues that Hitler only took the opportunities, which were presented, to him because of the turmoil that was happening in Europe, and worked to create a powerful Germany for his people. ...read more.

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