The Genesis of the War

The Genesis of the War

The Genesis of the War

The Genesis of the War

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This book is in no sense an autobiography. Nor does it include within its scope a review of the conduct of the War, of the Armistice, or of the Peace negotiations, and the Treaties which resulted from them. Its purpose is to trace the genesis of the war through all the antecedent stages up to its actual outbreak, with especial references to the policy pursued by Great Britain, for which during the nine preceding years I had myself a large measure of responsibility. The recent publication by the ex-Kaiser of his Memoirs seemed to make this an opportune moment for attempting such a task.

Though I have made use of all the relevant and authentic materials which are now accessible, and been careful to rectify statements of fact, I have been as sparing as was possible in references and foot-notes. An exhaustive analysis of the documentary matter which has been brought to light since the War is to be found in Mr. G. P. Gooch "Recent Revelations on European Diplomacy."*

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