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Inventing the Schlieffen Plan : German War Planning, 1871-1914

Author: Terence Zuber
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First paperback edtionView all editions and formats
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"The existence of the Schlieffen plan has been one of the basic assumptions of twentieth-century military history. It was the perfect example of the evils of German militarism: aggressive, mechanical, disdainful of politics and of public morality. The Great War began in August 1914 allegedly because the Schlieffen plan forced the German government to transform a Balkan quarrel into a World War by attacking France.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alfred Schlieffen, Graf von
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Zuber
ISBN: 9780198718055 0198718055
OCLC Number: 872702012
Description: xv, 340 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Inventing the Schlieffen Plan --
Moltke's Ostaufmarsch, 1871-1886 --
Fortresses, spies, and crisis, 1886-1890 --
Schlieffen's war plan, 1891-1905 --
Moltke's war plan, 1906-1914 --
Excuses and accusations.
Responsibility: Terence Zuber.
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Employs German archival material to contend that the 'Schlieffen plan', a widely-accepted German military strategy of WWI, did not actually happen  Read more...

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All the older literature now needs to be revised in the light of Zuber * Sir Hew Strachan, author of The First World War: To Arms * the most important book on World War I in decades * Robert Citino, Read more...

 
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