Today on Uncommon Knowledge, historian Andrew Roberts considers why the Second World War took place and how it is remains relevant today.
“Where we went wrong with Versailles was in not splitting up Germany. The reason that we had Germany so peaceful from 1945 – and it has become a completely pacifistic country – is that it was divided. I mean Germany in 1815 was 365 states. And a wonderful place it was, too. From the moment that they actually became one state, once Prussia had established itself in the mid-18th century, it went to war with Denmark, with Austria, with France, and with us twice. So actually, if anything the Versailles Treaty wasn’t hard enough.”