Abstract: Justin Olmstead „Peace, a tactical approach: How Britain and Germany abused the Promise of Peace during the First World War“

Great Britain and Germany did not hesitate to use the promise of peace to give their troops the time needed to win the war in decisive fashion. This tactical use of peace allowed Britain to maintain the possibility of American intervention only if the military claimed it was needed to bring the war to a successful conclusion. Similarly, the German Foreign Office was able to use the idea of peace to diffuse American angst therefore allowing the German military time to manoeuvre in hopes of ending the war through military means. This paper will reveal that Britain and Germany spoke with the United States about peace only when they believe peace suited their purposes. Peace was only an option to either country if it was perceived to be in a position of strength and could dictate the terms. Peace, it turned out, was simply another weapon of war.

Colloque international “Les défenseurs de la paix 1899-1917. Approches actuelles, nouveaux regards”, 15-17 janvier 2014


Teamaccount der Redaktion. Forschen – Vermitteln – Qualifizieren: Das DHI Paris ist ein zentraler Akteur international ausgerichteter historischer Forschung im Verbund der Max Weber Stiftung, Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland.

More Posts

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Search OpenEdition Search

You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search