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The Purpose of the First World War

Holger Afflerbach

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ISBN 10: 3110346222 / ISBN 13: 9783110346220
Published by De Oldenbourg Gruyter Jun 2015, 2015
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Title: The Purpose of the First World War

Publisher: De Oldenbourg Gruyter Jun 2015

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Buch

Book Condition: Neu

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Nearly fourteen million people died during the First World War. But why, and for what reason? Already many contemporaries saw the Great War as a "pointless carnage" (Pope Benedict XV, 1917). Was there a point, at least in the eyes of the political and military decision makers? How did they justify the losses, and why did they not try to end the war earlier? In this volume twelve international specialists analyses and compares the hopes and expectations of the political and military leaders of the main belligerent countries and of their respective societies. It shows that the war aims adopted during the First World War were not, for the most part, the cause of the conflict, but a reaction to it, an attempt to give the tragedy a purpose - even if the consequence was to oblige the belligerents to go on fighting until victory. The volume tries to explain why - and for what - the contemporaries thought that they had to fight the Great War.

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Holger Afflerbach, University of Leeds.

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