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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GERMANY'S WAR ON NEUTRALS

By
W. H. PAGE Professor of Law

In a united effort to lessen the horrors of war, a general set of rules has been agreed upon by the common consent of civilized nations as a standard of international decency. This mass of rules and principles is known as international law. One of the great objects of this set of rules is to prevent a war between hostile nations from injuring nations who have not taken part in the war and who are known as neutrals. The rights of neutrals have been secured, as far as guarantees can secure them, by every possible rule of international law; and they have been pledged by many treaties and by the Hague Conferences to which Germany has been a party. On this point at least, Germany's internal military policy apparently agreed with her promises and pledges to other nations. While Germany's military manual for her officers laid down many rules of conduct in other matters which flatly contradicted her pledges in the Hague Conferences and in treaties, still her international military orders pledged her to most solemn observance of the rights of neutrals. Nevertheless, when the great war broke out, Germany began to make war on all the neutral countries of the world, as well as declaring war on Russia, France, and England.

Her first military movement was the invasion of Belgium, a country which had strictly maintained its neutrality, as German officials themselves admitted. As for her war

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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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