War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

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War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

War Book of the University of Wisconsin: Papers on the Causes and Issues of the War by Members of the Faculty

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The following papers trace the steps by which the United States has been transformed in less than three years from a peaceful nation to a democracy in arms, fighting for its very existence.

The papers in Part I discuss the question, Who is responsible for the war? In Germany's Secret War Council we see the-guiding spirits of the German autocracy gathering at Potsdam on July 5, 1914 and deliberately deciding to use the murder of the Austrian Crown Prince as a pretext for starting a world war. In Germany's Ambition for World Power is supplied the evidence that the decision for war was no sudden impulse but the culmination of the ambitions, plans, and policies of at least two decades. Why Germany Wanted War shows what were the prizes which tempted the German ruling classes to thrust aside alike the claims of honor and humanity and the counsels of prudence in order to play the role of conquerors. How Germany Explains Her Acts attempts to put the finishing touch upon the proof of Germany's responsibility for the war by showing through the study of a particular instance (Belgium) that the German official apologists in defending their case argue as no one ever argues who has a good cause to defend. Incidentally it also shows how much reliance can be placed alike upon the statements and promises of the German Government. Why Russia, France, and Britain Entered the War explains why Russia defended Servia against the aggressive designs of Austria and exhibits Russia as requiring from Servia a conciliatory attitude toward the demands of the Austrian government. It further points out . . .

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