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By John Horne

ISBN-10: 1405123869

ISBN-13: 9781405123860

A better half to the 1st international warfare brings jointly a global crew of distinctive historians who supply a sequence of unique and thought-provoking essays on some of the most devastating occasions in sleek history.- includes 38 essays by way of top students who research the present kingdom of historic scholarship at the First international struggle- offers vast assurance spanning the pre-war interval, the army clash, social, monetary, political, and cultural advancements, and the war’s legacy- bargains unique views on subject matters as various as procedure and strategies, conflict crimes, technology and know-how, and the humanities DEPOSITили

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Sanders was a Prussian officer who assumed a high position in the Ottoman army with the goal of both modernizing it and confirming Ottoman Turkey in the German sphere of influence. The Russians were not only opposed to the modernization of the Ottoman military but they also suspected that Germany was using Turkey to gain control over the straits, thus controlling Russian access to the Mediterranean. Consequently, the Russians informed the French that they would do everything necessary to strengthen their army so that, as foreseen in the military convention between the two powers, it could undertake an operation “as simultaneously as possible” against Germany in the event of war.

Unlike in Britain or France, the discourse of unavoidable war in Germany was paralleled in leading military and conservative circles by a belief that war was also desirable and necessary. The view that war was a natural imperative that drove evolution and revitalized an otherwise decadent society reflected both the traditional values of Prussian militarism and an increasingly popular Social Darwinism. 20 General Friedrich von Bernhardi’s widely read book, Germany and the Next War, offers a good example of how it could be used in support of a doctrine of aggressive military expansion.

In the immediate prewar years, the belief that Germany had been encircled by enemy powers was deeply embedded in national discourses. The pace of rearmament by the other major powers, and the dilemma this posed for German strategic planning, made it increasingly urgent to deal with the threat of an apparently resurgent Russia, whose military capacity the German military leadership vastly overrated. The collapsing balance of power in the Balkans seemed to open the glittering prospect of expanded German influence into the declining sphere of Ottoman power, including its Middle Eastern provinces – hence the importance of the Berlin to Baghdad railway as the axis of this one remaining potential colonial domain.

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