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By Hew Strachan

This can be the 1st really definitive historical past of worldwide warfare I, the conflict that has had the best influence at the process the 20 th century. the 1st iteration of its historians had entry to a restricted diversity of resources, they usually centred totally on army occasions. more moderen methods have embraced cultural, diplomatic, monetary, and social background. during this authoritative and readable heritage, Hew Strachan combines those views with an army and strategic narrative. the result's an account that breaks the boundaries of nationwide preoccupations to develop into either international and comparative. the 1st of 3 volumes during this magisterial research, To fingers examines not just the factors of the battle and its commencing clashes on land and sea, but in addition the guidelines that underpinned it, and the motivations of the folk who supported it. It presents pioneering money owed of the war's funds, the conflict in Africa, and the primary Powers' bid to widen the conflict outdoors Europe.

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39 Two factors contributed to the emerging dominance of continentalism in British military thought. First, the navy itself showed little interest in amphibious operations: the fleet wanted a big sea battle in the event of European war not the more mundane tasks of transporting and supplying limited land warfare on the European periphery. 40 Secondly, Henry Wilson, a noted Francophile, 38 Herrmann, Arming of Europe, 55-6, 84. Gooch, Plans of war, 165-73; Gooch, Prospect of war, pp. vii-viii, 93-112; Spiers, Haldane, 3-4, 9, 38-44, 64-5, 71-3, 77-81,193-5.

Gooch, Plans of war, 217. 2O THE O R I G I N S OF THE WAR Council of Ministers from 1906 to 1911, was the corollary of this point: peace was necessary to enable domestic consolidation. Thus, both Stolypin and Russia's foreign minister, A. P. Izvolsky, were anxious not merely to end Russia's forward policy in the Far East but also to secure its frontiers elsewhere. Settlement with Britain in Central Asia was one element in a package that might also embrace Germany in the Baltic and Austria-Hungary in the Balkans.

Moroccan independence was guaranteed by the 1880 Madrid Convention. Delcasse's advancement of French interests was hardly compatible with Moroccan integrity, and on 31 March 1905 the Kaiser landed at Tangiers and declared his support for the Sultan's bid to maintain his independence. On the face of it, despite its provocative nature, the Kaiser's action was fully justified and deserving of success. Both the French prime minister and French public opinion seemed to think so, and Delcasse—the author of France's Moroccan policy—was ousted by June.

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