by Baltasar » 03 Jun 2005 13:39
The international interwar politics aren't really a topic in German schools, since the rise of Hitler makes up most stuff we're being taught here. If any, the British, Frensh, Japanese and American politics are the only ones mentioned. I think this is mainly because there were so many important events in that time that other parts of history in this timeframe isn't covered. Eg I only remember that Poland was founded after WWI and was invaded in '39. I don't remember anything from there in between these dates. Of course the Polish schools will teach a much more Polish history and a lot less German history.
However, as I'm mainly interested in campagins etc, I'm not really into politics and as such can't agree that knowing who signed the Dictate of Versailles is basic knowledge as it's rarely important. In this case, Poland might even have a reason to declare war on Germany in 35, but if not even Britain and France did so, this would seem very dubious, as if Poland would want to capture more land. I really doubt Poland would fight over Versailles with Germany, even if their chances were very good and then I doubt Britain would sit idle while Poland was at it. France had no reason to do something for Germany, but Britain already saw that the terms of the dictate were a lot too harsh.