Historic Documents of World War I

Historic Documents of World War I

Historic Documents of World War I

Historic Documents of World War I

Excerpt

The opening of the twentieth century was rich in promise. There was evidence that, with the remarkable triumphs of invention and technology, the peoples of the world were struggling ever upward to a higher plane. Knowledge grew, but wisdom did not keep the pace. Bitter struggles between nations culminated in two catastrophic major wars with an accompanying collapse of morals and ethics.

A voluminous literature has been produced in attempts to place responsibility for the outbreak of World War I on particular nations or individuals. These accusations have led to no generally acceptable conclusions. The best explanation was given by Lloyd George, who suggested So idea that the nations of Europe, after balancing precariously on the precipice for years, plunged into the war without actually wanting it. We find clues primarily in the fundamental causes of the war--an explosive mixture of imperialistic, nationalistic, and militaristic ambitions Within a container of international anarchy.

In this Anvil book the editor has gleaned from among the tremendous body of documentary literature on World War I what he believes to be the most important documents illustrating the origins and development of the war. It is designed for both the classroom and the armchair student, whether enrolled in collegiate courses or engaged in solitary self-education. The introductory notes place each document within its historical context. From these documentary raw materials of history the alert student can form his own conclusions about the great catastrophe of 1914-1918.

Louis L. SNYDER

New York City, August, 1958 . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.