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The price of naivety: Verdun 1916

The Bismarckian precept that two-front wars are disastrous shaped his foreign policy. He created a gigantic balance-of-power, which kept European peace from the formation of Germany in 1871 until 1914. Needless to relate 43 years of peace wasn’t a blessing … Continue reading

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The Guilty German Generals of 1914

Imperial Germany was born in 1871. Germany was created by strutting militarism. Unlike most countries where wars are caused by failed diplomacy, poor calculation or vaulting ambition Germany caused the First World War because its government feared their generals. The … Continue reading

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