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Germany's Aims in the First World War [Unknown Binding]

Fritz Fischer
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  • Unknown Binding: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001O9FZGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a post-war German classi 28 May 2011
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Fischer's work is considered by many to be the finest in German historiography since 1945. Fischer provides a clear description of the evolution of German war aims in the period 1914-1918 and should disabuse anyone of the notion that Imperial Germany would have treated the Allies with any leniency should the Kaiser have emerged victorious in 1918.

Fischer should, ideally, be read in conjunction with another post-1945 German clasic - Sebastian Haffner's 'Von Bismarck zu Hitler' which has yet to be translated into English. Haffner gives also a clear depiction of the lack of proportion in German strategic and geopolitical planning in the same era.

An historical milestone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mea culpa teutonica 12 Aug 2013
This is a controversial book from the 1950s that described Germany's war aims in World War 1 as expansive and imperialist in nature. The stress is on territorial aims, which included relations with the ports of the Low countries in the West, expansion into territories that were until recently under Soviet influence in the East and the idea of Mittelafrika (middle Africa) under which German colonies in East and West Africa (Tanzania, Cameroon, Namibia) would be united by takeover of the Belgian Congo and neighboring countries. The result is to present Germany's foreign policy as outside international norms in its expansionism.

This gave rise to a controversy that should probably be studied by anyone wanting a balanced view of the subject. It was the spirit of the times that the book itself made it into English and its views were widely accepted, prior to scholarly attention moving to World War 2. German domestic politics are also not addressed in the book save as they impinge on foreign policy. It gives an insight into German war aims, but possibly confuses speculative plans when victory was hoped for with actual negotiations. On the whole I found it readable and absorbing. The very scope of the thinking sometimes seems to belong to a bygone age of European ambitions.
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Not an easy book to read but, nevertheless, a veritable mine of information. The world would have been a vastly different place had the Central poweers won the war. Mr.Paul Keeting please note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Germany's Aims in the First World War 29 May 2013
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No-body just stumbled into The Great War and Fritz Fischer's book explains as clearly as anybody can why not. Highly recommended for historians, amateur and professional alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital reading on the First World Wara 19 July 2014
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Vital reading for anyone studying the First World War because of the impact Fischer's work has had on our understanding of events that led to the First World War.
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