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World Power or Decline: The Controversy Over Germany’s Aims in the First World War Paperback - Used

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Author Fritz Fischer

This is Fritz Fischer’s second book in which he states that Germany intentionally instigated the First World War because its leaders wanted to push the nation into a leadership position on the world stage.  Politicians, journalists and scholars in Germany were extremely outraged when Fischer’s first book, “Germany’s Aims in the First World War,” was published.  For decades,  they labeled his accusations preposterous.  Fischer took his position as a prominent German historian who based his thesis on exhaustive research in official government archives.  Even when the war went on much further than Germany and Austria originally planned, according to Fischer, that original goal was never changed.  Further, Fischer argues that these ambitions were not limited to the ruling kaiser, the military, and all other societal leaders.  He said these ideas were accepted in the entire German population.  Startling!  Fritz wrote this second book to respond to the many critics of that first one.  This text is in two parts.  The first one to criticism of the facts that Fischer had presented.  And the second part responds to his theories and methodologies. Both works are essential, if one is to understand assumptions that led to two world wars, because––although it may be among different, and/or additional peoples--the same assumptions will lead to the next one!

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