I refer to the late Richard Lamb's history of how the seeds of war were sown in the early '30s.
Of course, the anguish is multiplied by the fact that today we know the outcome. So far I have reached the series of talks and exchanges between the European powers in which they squabbled over the whys and wherefores of reparations to be paid by Germany to the allies and the repayment of international war debt between each other and, of course, to 'good ol' Uncle Sam'! Whilst they cannot be blamed for not knowing in 1931/2 the medium term future, all the Prime ministers and Presidents knew for a near certain fact that if Germany was pressed for more money then Hitler would be given an enormous boost in the next election.
Needless to say, with one exception, most of the Europeans were agreed that bleeding Germany to death was no solution even if they did deserve it. The exception, of course, was France - so no surprise there then! However, it has to be admitted that their sufferings during WWI were on a gargantuan scale and they were, after all, a democratic society whose government were answerable to their electorate.
All you can do as you read the story of this dance to death is grit your teeth and try not to weep. Er, have a nice day!