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

GERMANY'S SECRET WAR COUNCIL, JULY 5, 1914

By O. J. JR. CAMPBELL Assistant Professor of English

The world at last knows just how and when Germany decided to launch this stupendous war. On July 5, 1914, the Kaiser presided at a meeting of German and Austrian military leaders, diplomats, and big business men in Berlin or at his palace at Potsdam. There this irresponsible group determined to use the murder of the Austrian Crown Prince at Serajevo on June 29 as art opportunity to provoke the great war which Germany had tong been preparing. The truth of this assertion can now be established by evidence which is overwhelming.


DIRECT EVIDENCE OF THE MEETING

The most direct evidence of this meeting comes from Constantinople. Early in July, 1914; Herr Wangenheim, the German Ambassador to Turkey, was hastily summoned to Berlin. When he returned to his post on July 15, he told the Italian Ambassador, Signor Garroni, the purpose of his journey. The two men were intimate friends; besides, a confidential communication to the representative of one of Germany's supposed allies was natural. At any rate, he told Signor Garroni that he had been summoned to Berlin to attend a meeting of German diplomats, military men and financiers. He had been called to report on

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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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