This revealing book illustrates how the passion for war was fostered and promoted. The author provides detailed evidence of how and why an image of Germany as a nation determined upon world hegemony was deliberately promoted by a group of British newspaper editors, proprietors and journalists. This book examines the role of these ‘scaremongers’. Were they as influential as their critics claimed? Did they influence the minds of their readers and shape events? Were they guilty of creating a climate of opinion that ensured that their prophecies of inevitable Anglo-German war became fact in 1914?
Table of Contents
Prologue. Part 1: Making Friends and Choosing Enemies: The Diplomats 1. The Kaiser Sends a Telegram and Chirol is Aggrieved 2. The New Tenant at 66 Dorotheenstrasse 3. Leo maxse’s ABC of Better Relations with Russia 4. To League with the Shameless Hun 5. New Friends and Old Enemies 6. Einkreisungspolitik – Encirlclement Part 2: Alarums and Excursions: the Admirals and the Generals 7. Dies irae, dies illa 8. Is the Kaiser Coming for Tea? 9. Enter ‘the gorgeous Wrickington’ 10. A Discordant Band of Brothers 11. The Committee of Imperial Defence Investigates 12. Of Secrets, Spies and Saboteurs 13. Hysteria Navalis 14. The Sinking of Admiral Fisher Part 3: For National Security and Party Advantage: The Politicians 15. Naval Scaremongering: Garvin’s Election Cannon-Ball 16. Conscription, or How to Lose Friends and Votes Part 4: ‘And he gathered them in a place called …Armageddon’ 17. Collapse of the Triple Entente 18. A Domestic Interlude: Lord Northcliffe Asserts Himself 19. 1911: Annus Mirabilis 20. Priming the magazine 21. Military matters: Repington Fights Real and Imagined Foes 22. Over the Brink Epilogue.
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