Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning 1871-1914

Paperback | June 16, 2014

byTerence Zuber

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The existence of the Schlieffen plan has been one of the basic assumptions of twentieth-century military history. It was the perfect example of the evils of German militarism: aggressive, mechanical, disdainful of politics and of public morality. The Great War began in August 1914 allegedlybecause the Schlieffen plan forced the German government to transform a Balkan quarrel into a World War by attacking France. And, in the end, the Schlieffen plan failed at the battle of the Marne.Yet it has always been recognized that the Schlieffen plan included inconsistencies which have never been satisfactorily explained. On the basis of newly discovered documents from German archives, Terence Zuber presents a radically different picture of German war planning between 1871 and 1914, andconcludes that, in fact, there never really was a "Schlieffen plan".

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The existence of the Schlieffen plan has been one of the basic assumptions of twentieth-century military history. It was the perfect example of the evils of German militarism: aggressive, mechanical, disdainful of politics and of public morality. The Great War began in August 1914 allegedlybecause the Schlieffen plan forced the German ...

Terence Zuber is a retired United States Army Officer, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wurzburg.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Inventing the Schlieffen plan2. Moltke's Ostaufmarsch, 1871-18863. Fortresses, spies, and crisis, 1886-18904. Schlieffen's war plan, 1891-19055. Moltke's war plan, 1906-19146. Excuses and accusationsBibliography

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"All the older literature now needs to be revised in the light of Zuber" --Sir Hew Strachan, author of The First World War: To Arms 19/12/2013