Recent research has largely destroyed the fallacy that most of the powers declared war in 1914 without any clear perception of why and to what ultimate end. War aims were the subject of frequent examination, although decisions to publicise the results depended on a number of factors affecting both national and alliance politics.
This book is a collection of original essays by six distinguished scholars dealing with the problem of the major powers’ political aims and military strategies during World War I. The contributors write from the viewpoint of their own special interests and research and so offer a broad spectrum of ideas on the main theme of the book.
1. Introduction Barry D. Hunt 2. Soldiers, Strategy and War Aims in Britain 1914-18 John Gooch 3. French War Aims and the Crisis of the Third Republic Douglas Johnson 4. Sir Robert Borden and Canada’s War Aims Robert Craig Brown 5. The American Military and Strategic Policy in World War I Edward M. Coffman 6. War Aims and Strategy: The Italian Government and High Command 1914-1919 John Whittam 7. German War Aims 1914-1918 and German Policy Before the War Fritz Fischer