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

By Willard G. Bleyer; University of Wisconsin | Go to book overview

PREFACE

This book brings together articles on the war written by members of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and published week by week during the academic year 1917-18, as the University of Wisconsin War Pamphlets. An edition of 20,000 copies of each pamphlet was distributed in Wisconsin, upon request, to individuals, public libraries, traveling libraries, high schools, and county councils of defense. Since the number of requests for these pamphlets greatly exceeded the size of the edition authorized, it has been thought desirable to reprint them in permanent form.

In addition to the pamphlets a series of shorter newspaper articles on the same subjects was prepared by the writers for publication each week in Wisconsin daily and weekly papers, These newspaper articles, which were also translated into German by members of the German Department of the University, were sent out in stereotype plates by the Wisconsin State Council of Defense to four hundred Wisconsin papers printed in English and to forty papers printed in German.

These articles discuss the causes of the war, the methods pursued by Germany in carrying it on, the conditions under which the United States entered the conflict, and the significance of the war as a world-wide struggle between autocracy and democracy.

The aim in preparing the longer articles which are here brought together has been to present in concise form the most important material bearing on the questions at issue, for readers who have not had the opportunity of examining for themselves the documentary evidence. For per

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Preface 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 11
  • Germany's Secret War Council, July 5, 1914 15
  • Germany's Ambition for World Power 30
  • Bibliography 43
  • Why Germany Wanted War 45
  • How Germany Explains Her Acts 61
  • Why Russia, France, and Britain Entered the War 75
  • Did Germany Wrong Belgium? 89
  • How Germany Makes War 101
  • What Frightfulness Means 119
  • Germany's War on Neutrals 131
  • How Germany Overthrew International Law 141
  • German Autocracy and Militarism 153
  • Our Right to Ship Munitions 180
  • Bibliography 192
  • Germany's War on Us in Time of Peace 193
  • German Submarines and the British Blockade 203
  • Bibliography 212
  • Germany's Gain from Germany's Defeat 213
  • Bibliography 224
  • Why Workingmen Support the War 225
  • If Germany Wins 241
  • The World Must Be Made Safe for Democracy 253
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