The New Balance of Power in Europe

The New Balance of Power in Europe

The New Balance of Power in Europe

The New Balance of Power in Europe

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The present study is an attempt to describe the formation of a new European balance of power with its possible consequences of war or peace. Two political groups are racing to attain military supremacy. One of these groups seeks to maintain the political structure of Europe, the other strives to change it. The purpose of this work will be to examine and appraise the possible chances of each group in reaching its end. To attain the aim of this work it is necessary first to study the motives and aspirations which draw the several states into each of two groups. An incidental task is to survey the indications permitting the supposition that in case of general conflict the respective groups may count on the military assistance of certain states. Further, it is pertinent to appraise the power of each group. It is quite natural that this appraisal should necessarily be based on their military strength, and therefore evaluation is made of the military power of the states in question.

As Germany's position is considered to be largely the key to the situation, special attention is given to the state of armaments in that country. A close study has been undertaken in regard to the possible magnitude of German secret armaments partly on the basis of French military sources and partly on the basis of material which the writer obtained from war depart-

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