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Authored by Gerhard L. Weinberg, the article “Some Myths of World War II” engages some myths regarding the war widely shared in the contemporary world. The author tends to explore myths that pertain to the war as a whole and myths pertaining to individual leaders, groups and even individuals. Some of the notable figures mentioned include Adolf Hitler, as well as, his generals, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Yanamoto Isoroku. In addition to this, the author also talks of issues such as the Morgenthau Plan for Germany, the Yalta Conference and the disappearance of horses from the people`s image of the world war.
What is advanced in this particular book is of historical significance. The author revisits the World War 2 and the events that happened during the occurrence of the war. The author does all this in an effort towards presenting the myths of the war. On route to this, the author gives a detailed account of the war and, as a result, a person reading the article is able to understand this particular event. In addition to this, the manner in which the author presents information places a reader in the context of the war and thus leading to capturing each and every detailed that was entailed in the war. Therefore, owing to the fact that the author attempts to give an account of this particular war, it follows the article is of historical importance.
Though recently written, the author reveals certain things regarding the World War 2 and the main subjects of the war. What helps the author reveal these is the fact that he consults other literatures relative to this topic and through them he deduces fundamental information and thereby relying his ideas. As such, the author indicates that there were certain myths relevant to the war. The author reveals six myths about the World War 2. As a leak up of these myths, the author reveals that the victory of the allies was as a result of their overwhelming superiority not only in material but in human resources, as well. The author quotes previous authors who supposedly reveal information that tends to validate this myth. One such person quoted is Overy (2000), who indicated that hen the Red Army halted the advancements of the Germans in the beginning of the 1940s, the Army had significant numbers. However, these numbers were nullified by the prior decimation of its leadership by the purges of Stalin. What Overy (2000) and other authors advance confirms this myth. The second myth revealed is the separation of the war from the Holocaust. To explain this, the author gives an account of Hitler not planning with the French. The author cites Mallmann and Cüppers (2010) who confirms this myth by giving an account of killings supervised by a murder commando. Another myth revealed by the article is that the Soviet Union had much interest with regard to territorial integrity of the Czechoslovakia and had a desire to engage into a fight in an effort towards defending it. Further myth revealed by the article is about Roosevelt and Churchill`s approval of a plan advanced by treasury`s secretary whereby Germany was to be transformed into a country characterized by high standards of living but no significant amounts of industries. To affirm this myth, the author of the article quotes Morgenthau who indicated that over a century, this plan had been underway to ensure that Germany`s Hitler was deprived off superiority powers.
Going through the entire document, a reader can be able to depict themes presenting themselves throughout the document. As a matter of fact, there are three most significant themes, which seem to guide the context of the article. These themes include leadership, war and development initiatives. The theme of leadership can be affirmed through accounts of individuals such as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Yanamoto Isoroku. These were leaders in their respective countries and were constantly engaged in real time or cold war. Te major cause of these wars was that every leader perceived other leaders as posing a challenge or a threat to their motives and desires. They felt that the other leaders were hurdles to overcome and thus had to initiate attacks to try eliminating those hurdles. In terms of development initiative, there were a series of developments initiated by these leaders in their respective countries.
These three themes are particularly essential as through them, a reader is placed in the context of the myth that the author is attempting to explain. In other words, it is through these themes that the myths are portrayed in a concise manner. As a matter of fact, the World War 2 involved battles of leadership and development. Therefore, it is justifiable to assert that the context of the World War 2 is better explained in such notions. Therefore, these three themes provide a platform through which a clear depiction and understanding of the myths being explained can be achieved.
On route towards revealing the underlying myths of the World War 2, the author analyses the events that took place during this particular time and supports his argument using other relevant sources. The use of these other sources validates his reasoning. As a result, a reader can purport the author`s analysis as acceptable. In addition to this, the author`s analysis is inclusive of examples and this is particularly fundamental as it qualifies and affirms his points of argument. However, the author does so in relation to the past. He is inclined to relaying about what happened in this particular time but fails to acknowledge the future projections that is, the situation as it is now and what will happen going to the future. To be precise, the author fails to transition the past to the present this diminishes the integrity associated with his work. In a different perspective, owing to the fact that the author just intended to reveal the myths of the World War 2, one can argue that an analysis of the present and the future is not necessary and this can be used to qualify the document. However, these myths are still being used presently in an attempt to explain the World War 2 and will continues being used by the future generations. Therefore, not analyzing the manner in which these myths are currently being used and the manner in which they will be used going into the future exists as the drawback of this particular document.
While the document is not adequate in addressing the present and the future, it has sufficiently evaluated both the recent and the long-term past. In other words, the author relates the details of the War right from the time it started and the time when it neared its end. In doing so, the author details the events that took place and depicts the consequences that these events had right afterwards. To be precise, the author acknowledges both the rational and the irrational acts initiated by those who were largely in the limelight including Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Yanamoto Isoroku and Adolf Hitler. In addition to this, the author accounts the state of the involved Nations after the end of the World War 1 going into the World War 2. With this, it can be assumed that the author of this article clearly and sufficiently evaluates the recent and the long-term past.
Different from most research studies and documents assessing the historical perspectives of some phenomenon, the author of this article does not make any recommendation on the manner in which the events should unfold in the future. The author should have at least mentioned the continued effects of the World War 2 in the world as they are being experienced today and as they will continue being going into the future. According to PPP, what happened in both World War 1 and in World War 2 has continued impacting the world today and will continue doing so. Therefore, the author of this document ought to have noted this and made recommendation. This can be further assumed to be a weakness of this document and can be taken as a basis of invalidating the research.
While the entire document attempt to reveal the myths associated with the World War 2, there are several notions introduced by the author that to a large extent, they are unusual. For instance, in the course of his discussion, the author relates the events of the World War 2 to the events of the World War 2. In an own point of view, this is unusual considering that the main focus of the paper is to explain the myths associated with the World War 2. However, by giving a brief account of the World War 1, the author of the document is seemingly attempting to transition the events of the World War 1 to the events of the World War 2. With this, a reader is able to establish where the author, in his efforts towards attempting to reveal and explain the underlying myths, is coming from. Just like any scholarly article, this transition is fundamental as not only does it signify the degree of quality entailed in the paper but it also qualifies the document as a worthwhile source literature review.
To conclude, the manner in which the information has been presented and the way the points have been argued in an effort towards deriving the core purpose of the paper is qualified and justifiable. The document is procedural and with this, a reader is able to comprehend the underlying assertions. In addition to this, the author cites other sources to affirm his key points of argument. However, there are some drawbacks derived from the paper, which includes lack of recommendation. Regardless of this, what has been advanced in this document is worth citation and, generally, the document is of historical significance.
Mallmann, M. & Cüppers, M. (2010). Nazi Palestine: The Plans for the Extermination of the Jews in Palestine. New York, NY: Enigma Books.
Overy, R. (2000). The Battle of Britain: The Myth and the Reality. New York, NY: Norton.