WWII Historiography

WWII Historiography - not have. Merchants of Death pushed...

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Historiography “Historiography” is the study of the way history is written – the history of historical writing. To study historiography is to study the changing interpretations of historians over time.
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Historiography of U.S. Entry into WWII focuses on issues of responsibility. Traditional View : U.S. did not want war, but Japan provoked and attacked. Conspiracy Theory (early 1950s during Korea): FDR wanted war and provoked it against U.S. interests. Consipacy Theory Debunked (early 1960s): Pearl Harbor was a colossal blunder, not a conspiracy. The Hawks (1960s): U.S. did not want war but should have. The Doves (1960s, 1970s): U.S. wanted war but should
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Unformatted text preview: not have. Merchants of Death pushed FDR to enter war. Avoiding Extremes (1980s): FDRs guiding principle is to protect the U.S. from Germany. FDR hesitated but did what he could given operational limitations. Historiography of WWII There are over 70,000 books on WWII. Most focus on one of three major themes: diplomacy , home front , or military . Three central questions run through the historiography: Was FDR the central figure? Was WWII the good war? Does WWII represent watershed or continuity? What are Blums answers to these three questions?...
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