Episode 350 - History Is Written By The Winners

12/14/201834 Comments

Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for today's edition of The Corbett Report and an in-depth exploration of the formation of the historical record about World War One.

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The WWI Conspiracy

Richard Grove on the Rothschilds and WWI

Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI

How & Why Big Oil Conquered the World

Norman Dodd On Tax Exempt Foundations

Archive.org repository of Reece Committee documents

Rene Wormser on The Canegie Endowment's role in molding public opinion

The Guns of August

The Innocence of Kaiser Wilhelm II

Daily Telegraph Affair

MacMillan intelligencesquared debate

Meet Margaret MacMillan, David Lloyd George's great-granddaughter

Meet Margaret MacMillan, former Rhodes Trustee

Jim and Gerry's Hidden History blog

Fake History. How The Money Power Controls Our Future By Controlling Our Past

Fake History 3: From Burning Correspondence To Permanently Removing The Evidence

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  1. manbearpig says:

    Can’t thank you enough.

    Pure catharsis after a highly charged week.

    My modest donations go nowhere to equalling the thought, effort, perspicacious analysis, integrity and time devoted to the content of this site.

    I’ll just try to do better myself, in my modest activities, strive harder for excellence on a daily basis in the image of the Corbett Report.

    Mille mercis Mr Corbett. I don’t know how to say it effectively enough. Thanks so much.

    John Taylor Gatto would be immensely proud of you.

    Keep striking hard at the Common Core of ignorance.

    • Chris says:

      I really can’t add to anything this comment hasn’t said already. Bravo James. Keep up the great work!! We support you (if only pennies compared to what the bankers could provide you, no doubt)

      I’ve always known how deadly important that Norman Dodd information was when I first came across it!

    • SnappyTomAust says:

      Totally, completely and utterly agree – terrific post.

      Ironically I’m known for my regular saying (even at work) – History is indeed written by those who won!

  2. Mark K. P. says:

    Profoundly good work James, a real eye-opener on the extent and depth of the scam surrounding the Stanford cache.

    When I get the time I’ll pass on a small personal story concerning the history department at the University of Adelaide in the early 1980s. This concerns two foreigner professors who specialized on the ww1 epoch, the Englishman Trevor Wilson and the US (ex Russian) Jew Frederic Zuckerman. At least the latter spent a lot of time at Stanford researching his two major books ;

    “The Tsarist Secret Police in Russian Society, 1880-1917” (Palgrave Macmillan , 1996)
    & “The Tsarist Secret Police Abroad : Policing Europe in a Modernising World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

    Its worth pointing out that the empire of the City doesn’t just drag in bright youngsters from all over the place to inoculate with its poison, but just as actively sends out its propaganda mercenaries to teach history in the colonies. So before the youngsters are awarded the famous peripatetic scholarships they are trained and vetted to be the sort of bright minds most grateful for, and amenable to, what they are about to receive.

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Mark K.P. , your last paragraph, describes the Prussian System succinctly. As a generous ol’sage told me once, ” if I had any money I’d give you a promotion and a raise”.

      “Paripatetic scholarships ” ie; pure double-thinkers thought. It should describe an “Aristotilian Philosopher” but now describes a ” Paid Lier;Propagandists. Well said I say.
      Your words drive me to think. What a joy. Gasoline is so inexpensive now.

  3. Moxa4 says:

    The real university is at James’ site!
    Thank you for this interesting presentation.
    It is profoundly important to learn about this events and machinations, so that we can understand where we are today and what democracy really means.
    And of course, it is also relevant with regard to the traditional beliefs about the WWII.

  4. cbmpfi says:

    Another excellent podcast! Thank you James. With regards to the comments about “The Innocence of Kaiser Wilhelm II”/ “there’s no pure soul in a conflict like this”: I’d like to comment that Emperor Karl I of Austria was about as noble a statesman as as you’ll find anywhere in history. A veritable pure soul by many accounts I’ve read. He’s proposed a very generous peace plan early in the war that was rejected by the Allies because it didn’t include turning the Tyrol over to Italy and other concessions that had already been agreed upon by those Allies in a secret meeting.

  5. urban says:

    Always good to a quick search on certain folks as the intuition leads. I am not a researcher by trade but tradesman of sorts. I know Wikipedia is nothing to be proud of but.. good for a quick following of the bread crumbs from one post to the next.
    Re: Barbara W. Tuchman, as Excerpted from Wikipedia:
    ” Early years
    She was born January 30, 1912, the daughter of the banker Maurice Wertheim and his first wife Alma Morgenthau. Her father was an individual of wealth and prestige, the owner of The Nation magazine, president of the American Jewish Congress, prominent art collector, and a founder of the Theatre Guild.[3] Her mother was the daughter of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., Woodrow Wilson’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.[3]”

    Re: Henry Morgenthau, excerpted from Wikipedia:
    Morgenthau was born, the ninth of 11 living children, in Mannheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, in 1856 into an Ashkenazi Jewish family. He was the son of Lazarus and Babette (Guggenheim) Morgenthau.[2] …

    He began his career as a lawyer, but he made a substantial fortune in real estate investments.[3] In 1898, he acquired 41 lots on New York’s Lower East Side from William Waldorf Astor for $850,000. (etc etc)

    Morgenthau, Samuel Train Dutton and Cleveland Hoadley Dodge in 1916
    Morgenthau’s career enabled him to contribute handsomely to President Woodrow Wilson’s election campaign in 1912. He had first met Wilson in 1911 at a dinner celebrating the fourth anniversary of the founding of the Free Synagogue society and the two “seem to have bonded”, marking the “turning point in Morgenthau’s political career”.[9] His role in American politics grew more pronounced in later months and though his desire to be designated the financial chairman of the campaign finance committee went unfulfilled, Wilson offered him the position of ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. (end of excerpt)

    Going on to a bit of a tangent:
    Seems that old Henry Morgenthau was in a key location during the end of the Ottoman empire. At least publicly he was “against” the creation of a Zionist state on the property of Palestinians. Well, that’s what he said anyway. But it is also alleged that he was a member of B’nai B’rith (strictly on cultural grounds I am sure) who today is staunchly outspoken on anyone not bowing low at the throne of Zi-on.

    Then there is the existence of this which may or may not be the truth or not, but that will have to be for each to decide for oneself having read, considered and fact checked. https://archive.schillerinstitute.com/conf-iclc/1990s/conf_feb_1994_brewda.html -Not that I trust the schiller institute’s goals – I dont.

    back to the topic:
    The question always is, who benefits? Is there any conflict of interest? History has a way of affording us 20/20 vision if we happen to open our eyes to what we can see of it. We may not see it up close but see it at a distance -much like looking at a photo mosaic.

  6. Jeffa says:

    Periodically, and almost miraculously, you out do even yourself. This little gem of an hour or so is pure … gem. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for getting to the very core really, it’s all there in black and white, thanks to your art and effort. I want to give a donation but see no easy way to use my filthy lucre thusly, without signing up for pay pal, tech-ing up for bit coin, joining patreon… just want to send you a chunk of change. Modest chunk, but still…

  7. Lumen says:

    Great Work James! It has made me interested in studying war-history. Just viewed ‘The Tillman Story 2010’ – Full Documentary and the cover-up, which explains how truth is suppressed and why soldiers and others do not speak-up. Reminded me of a true inspiring story of the commitment, integrity and courage of Desmond Doss, shown in the movie ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. In sharp contrast, I see the world around me where Superman is Dead and most are asleep. See the Tillman Story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laNQ5J2caOY

    • mkey says:

      Thanks for the reference.

      After Pat’s Birthday

      It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we got out.

      Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

      Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

      Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.

      Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.

      Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

      Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started. Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

    • mkey says:


      Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

      Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

      Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

      Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

      Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

      Somehow torture is tolerated.

      Somehow lying is tolerated.

      Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

      Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

      Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

      Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

      Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

      Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

      Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

      Somehow this is tolerated.

      Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

      In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don’t be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that “somehow” was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.

      Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday.

      Brother and Friend of Pat Tillman,

      Kevin Tillman

      • Lumen says:

        Thank you for the link to truthdig.com. I have been on a media-fast for the last 15 years, except for some trusted sites. I had not heard of your family till December 17, 2018 when I was watching Lee Camp’s Show ‘Redacted Tonight’, called ‘Flood of conscientious objectors, prison nation, monopoly nation, torture nation’, in which he talked about Conscientious Objectors, who ‘think for themselves’, and mentions one of the more notable objectors being Spencer Rapone, a West Point Graduate and a Second Lieutenant. Lee relates ‘Apparently, reading about the true story of Pat Tillman is what did it for him. Rapone said “Pat Tillman showed me I could resist the indoctrination,” he said. “I did not have to let the military dehumanize me and turn me into something monstrous. When I learned how his death was covered up to sell the war, it was shocking.” Rapone was discharged on June 18, 2018, for disparaging the US War-Machine, online, and for promoting socialism by making a fist salute, on his Graduation, with “COMMUNISM WILL WIN”, written inside his cap, and then posting the photo, using the hashtag #veteransforkaepernick, to show support for Colin Kaepernick, who triggered the NFL’s take-a-knee movement. Kaepernick, who has been black-balled and banned from the NHL, stated that his gesture ‘of not standing for the Anthem’ was a peaceful protest against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. Likewise, Boxer Mohamad Ali was stripped of his Championship Belt for his Vietnam Protests and both in the prime of their lives and at the age of their peak physical prowess. I am referencing these authentic sportsmen because I believe there is a link between true Sportsmanship and good people who ‘think for themselves’ as their commitment, integrity and courage, among other virtues, take them to higher levels of conscience, beyond religiosity, which naturally transitions them from ‘self-centredness’ to ‘other-centredness and justice for all’. Being well-known, Pat boosted war-support by his very public enlistment and his subsequent death but, he was used, as PR, both during life and after death, till the cover-up became public. Hopefully, such organizations as ‘Veterans for Peace’, among others, will not allow his Story to be forgotten. The very word ‘Friendly-Fire’ is unnerving. A powerful, passionate, intelligent and talented young man cut-down in his prime. During the family’s struggle for the truth, their ‘commitment, integrity and courage’ was evident. At the funeral, you cut through euphemisms and/or double-binded messages and ‘spoke your mind’ in a most authentic, honest and upfront manner; another family-trait. Great Family! Thank you all for sharing your story.

  8. 86and99 says:

    Hi James
    I love your work and listen frequently but I found something that doesn’t make sense to me in the Norman Dodd clip. Following the timeline he lays out, the American Historical Association would have been formed after WWI when they were actually formed in the late 1800s. I am now wondering when the crop of 20 new history professors was gathered and let loose upon the world and what alternative narratives there might be. (???)
    Al Kircher

  9. 86and99 says:

    Hi James
    I love your work and listen frequently but I found something that doesn’t make sense to me in the Norman Dodd clip. Following the timeline he lays out, the American Historical Association would have been formed after WWI when, as I understand, it was formed in the late 1800s. I’m hoping it is a minor discrepancy that can be resolved with a reading of the House Res 561 and related documents. If so, can you hint as to where to look?
    Al Kircher

    • Duck says:

      I find the AHA listed earlier when i did a quick search… I guess he was old and muddled on that issue and misnaming a dif organization? I dont know
      If you want to look at old docs you could try archive.org … they have a ton of stuff inc some gov records
      I know that writers like GA henty wrote a ton of books designed to promote bold imperial type thinking in boys… the BBC got mocked for drawing black Celtic britons a couple of years ago. lol

  10. carobi050 says:

    The emperor has no clothes!
    linked in this comment is an excellent video covering the facts that counter the globally promoted myth that global warming is due to human activity and an increase in CO2 emissions is caused by human activity.

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Carboi05, thank you for posting this video. He makes some logical.
      observations. Great video presentation on subject.

    • manbearpig says:

      Thanks for this carobi050…

      It’s always nice to hear someone preach to you what you already hold, for one reason or another, to be divine truth… for what it’s worth…feels good…

      And to hear the main info reorganized in such a way as to reinforce your laymen’s understanding and continue to test your own convictions so as to better communicate them to others…

      anyhow, on another note, I just watched the last episode of the second season of the Elon MusK/National Geographic tv series about going to Mars…called, unsurprisingly…”Mars”…

      and this second season was unfortunately little more than an excessively earnest and emphatic intensely condensed pamphlet for CAGW hysteria…


      your link was the perfectly-timed antidote, thanks again.

      you see we must sell CAGW in order to sell space travel? that’s what seems to be the message…

    • djgood says:

      Shocking that someone would bring up the issue of global warming in a discussion about the history of WWI (guess we should talk about who runs Hollywood too!) Clicked the link to check the so-called “facts” but couldn’t get past the ranting first minute of baseless Ad hominem opinions being espoused culminating in a vicious attack on “Climitism”.

      The only fact being portrayed is Denialism: The Belief that Humans have no impact on the Environment!

      Why don’t you stick your head back into the Dead Zone that extends from the Mississippi River hundreds of miles into the Gulf then try to tell people humans have no impact if you’re still alive. Don’t live near Louisiana, then take your pick of any of the other 405 dead zones worldwide…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_zone_(ecology)

      Oh wait, it’s those evil climate scientists at work again spreading their lies globally to promote the myth that human activity has negative impacts on the environment:

      Spreading Dead Zones and Consequences for Marine Ecosystems

      Dead zones in the coastal oceans have spread exponentially since the 1960s and have serious consequences for ecosystem functioning. The formation of dead zones has been exacerbated by the increase in primary production and consequent worldwide coastal eutrophication fueled by riverine runoff of fertilizers and the burning of fossil fuels. Enhanced primary production results in an accumulation of particulate organic matter, which encourages microbial activity and the consumption of dissolved oxygen in bottom waters. Dead zones have now been reported from more than 400 systems, affecting a total area of more than 245,000 square kilometers, and are probably a key stressor on marine ecosystems.

      • mkey says:

        In before you get manbearpigged, you should really check your facts before posting. Site maintainer, as well as regular commenters, do not claim humans don’t have an effect on Earth.

        The issue is so called global warming and so called climate change. Nobody (sane) is denying the climate is ever changing, what is questionable is the extent of human influence on this change and what tax collection can do about it.

  11. Oscar says:

    Hi James,

    I just wanted to share this brilliant schematic: “The Logic of U.S. Foreign Policy”:

    It explains U.S. foreign in just 1 picture. Now the need to second-guess what the U.S. is going to do if a new situation arises in another country is eliminated. Instead you can just fill in the numbers and know what the U.S. is going to do in advance.

    This schematic is based on a model developed by political science professors David Sylvan and Stephen Majeski, which is discussed in the following book:
    Sylvan, David & Majeski, Stephen (2009): U.S. Foreign Policy in Perspective: Clients, Enemies and Empire. Routledge, London.

  12. Oscar says:

    Hi James,

    I’ve just watched your podcast ‘History Is Written By The Winners’ and it is mind-blowing (as is the WWI Conspiracy documentary you made). Everyone should watch this! Thank you so much!

  13. colin786 says:

    An interesting article appeared in English this week detailing some of the very similar story of banking involvement in the setting up of WWII, along similar lines as put forward by James about WWI.

    The translation into English is rather awkward but is understandable.


  14. peterhof says:

    Hello James,

    Great article as always. Your observation that in The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman interjected her own opinion in writing about the 1908 Telegraph “interview” was quite correct. But she was accurate in implying the dual German reaction to the death of King Edward VII. The intention of the King to make war on Germany was long known to Kaiser Wilhelm and oft expressed by him and duly noted in editorials in the German Press on the occasion of the King’s death in 1910. (I have cited a few of these in The Two Edwards starting on page 58). Therefore there was a gap between the reaction of official Germany and the intelligentsia.

    The relative absence of King Edward VII in any discussion of the cause of WW1 is no doubt due to the fact that the King died four years before the outbreak of war. Unfortunately, this ignores the heavy lifting that could only have been done by royalty. The abrupt change of the French attitude beginning on May 1, 1903, and culminating in the Entente cordiale a year later could only have been accomplished by the gravitas and majesty of a King. No mere minister, not even Rhodes or Milner, could have done this. This applies as well to the King’s expert seduction of Italy and his deft manipulation of Nicholas II. The warmongering of “Jacky” Fisher would not have happened without the King’s strong backing as Fisher freely acknowledged.

    The “Secret Elite” is well documented by Macgregor and Docherty but let’s not forget King Edward VII without whose laborious efforts the Great War probably would not have happened.


    • Mark K. P. says:

      One of the German opinion pieces is quoted at the opening of Webster Tarpley’s essay/lecture in “Against Oligarchy”, entitled :
      King Edward VII of Great Britain : Evil Demiurge of the Triple Entente and World War I.
      The Leipziger Neuste Nachrichten, May 1910 :
      “For long years, King Edward wove, with masterly skill, the Nessus robe that was to destroy the German Hercules”.

      Tarpley’s piece is interesting and detailed but probably overstates his case concerning this vermin monarch’s personal responsibility. Besides many pertinent observations and a good list of Edward VII’s agents and dupes (Churchills, Chamberlains, Edward Grey, Fisher, Battenbergs, Clemenceau, Declasse, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Russian foreign ministers Izvolski and Sazanov) Tarpley’s note on Ernest Cassell discloses that Edward VII was mostly an agent of the financial big boys rather than vice-versa. This is especially important because, in common with all La Roucheans, Tarpley is loathe to comment critically on Jews unless absolutely necessary. As here :

      “Sir Ernest Cassell typified another group that Edward VII cultivated assiduously : Jewish bankers.”

      This raises the question of the extent to which his single minded war goal was his own, or fed to him from above. “The heavy lifting that could only have been done by royalty” exaggerates altogether the importance of royalty in England after the Cromwell revolution. Thereafter the power of the monarchy depended primarily upon its integration into and partnership with the trading and financial oligarchy which morphed into the empire of the City in the course of the 18th century.
      Rothschilds, and associated drug lords like Sassoons, didn’t need amenable English kings to be able to manage Anglo-French relations as they liked. Maybe they could be more important in foisting English agents on the Russian court, especially in the context of the Russo-Japanese war, and the chronic conflict over Afghanistan and Persia (1907-1912), but even in that extraordinary case success seems to have been achieved simply by massive bribery, which Edward VII hardly had the wherewithal or inclination to expend.

      In any case this vermin king barely figures in Knuth’s persuasive depiction (Empire of the City, 1946) of preparation for the general war, which he (and the important diplomatic family of Nicolson) deemed to have begun around 1878.
      Contrast the recent sleep walkers thesis pumped out of English double-think academia with Knuth’s succinct comment (p. 41) :

      “The outbreak of the Great War was fully expected by every government in the world ; it took not one of them by surprise. The illusion which was artfully fostered in all the world that Britain was the victim of her treaty to defend Belgium neutrality, and of a wholly unexpected and brutal attack on Belgium, is evident from a sentence in a letter written to President Wilson by Colonel E.M. House, dated at London, May 29, 1914, in which he stated : ‘Whenever England consents, France and Russia will close in on Germany and Austria.’ The greater part of British sea-power from all over the world had been gathered in Home waters on that day ; although Archduke Franz Ferdinand, active ruler of Austria-Hungary and leader of the foes of International Finance, was not assassinated until June 28, 1914 ; and war was not to start until August 1, 1914.”

  15. dnspedersen says:

    Hi James and all of you.
    I was very surprised about the fact that there is a case to be made on Kaiser Wilhelm not being a warmonger. That is the story I have always been told and I must admit that I have never questioned it. My head started spinning and I became afraid of the consequences of that fact, because I know of one other German ruler who is being portrait in the same manner….
    I have now been to bitchute and have watched the documentary ” the ultimate red pill” and I have even listened to some arguments of the holocaust deniers, but I have put it on hold. I am afraid of being fooled by the opposite narrative.
    James with your latest article about being in this for the truth I hope you will dig in to wwii with the same courage and a open mind as you have done with wwi, even at the risk of being called a nazi or a denier. I for one got your back no matter where the thruth may lead you, because the truth is the most important thing for me to! And right now you are the guy I trust most with finding it or at least getting close to it.

  16. jdip says:

    There’s arXiv.org clone https://viXra.org “…an e-print archive set up as an alternative to the popular arXiv.org service owned by Cornell University. It has been founded by scientists who find they are unable to submit their articles to arXiv.org because of Cornell University’s policy of endorsements and moderation designed to filter out e-prints that they consider inappropriate.”

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