Author: Daniel Allen Butler
978 1 935149 27 9,
hard-hitting analysis examining the extent of Germany’s accountability
The Burden of Guilt: How Germany
Shattered the Last Days of Peace,
when one nation, placed in a position of superiority, confuses its
responsibility to lead by example with permission to dominate through
coercion, tragedy will inescapably follow.”
was truly responsible for the Great War that tore Europe apart from
1914 to 1918? For decades we have been led to believe that all the
leading European powers equally regarded the war as a necessary
evil. In the aftermath of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand,
tensions within Europe escalated and war appeared to be an inevitable
climax. But have modern commentators been too lenient on Germany,
too eager to divide the blame? Did the war have to happen at all?
Burden of Guilt sets out to change the field of First World War
history forever. Critically-acclaimed author Daniel Allen Butler
boldly puts forward the argument that Germany was the only country
that actively welcomed the war. From the point of view of the others,
it was grudgingly accepted as something that could resolve the current
tensions in Europe, if and when it came down to it, but would be
a last resort. He reveals that Germany alone had the power and the
opportunities to spark off the war that would become one of the
most violent and wide-reaching conflicts of the 20th Century, and
made three separate, conscious decisions to do so.
analysis of the events of 1914 with portraits of the key decision-makers
of the escalating crisis, Butler makes use of a large number of
memoirs and personal documents in addition to government archives
and records to deliver a detailed and challenging work.
Allen Butler is an author, playwright and historian from the U.S.A.
He spent eight years in the military (six of those years in Intelligence)
and has written eight books, including the critically-acclaimed
"Unsinkable"—the Full Story of RMS Titanic.
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