Germany's Defeat in the First World War: The Lost Battles and Reckless Gambles That Brought Down the Second Reich

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A noted World War I scholar examines the critical decisions and events that led to Germany's defeat, arguing that the German loss was caused by collapse at home as well as on the front. * Starts a new and fuller discussion of Germany's defeat that goes beyond the battlefields of the Western Front * Argues that Germany's defeat was caused by a complex interplay of domestic, social, and economic forces as well as by military and diplomatic factors * Integrates the internal problems the German people experienced with Germany's defeats at sea and on land * Highlights the critical role played by Britain and the United States in bringing about Germany's defeat * Discusses the failures of German military planning and the failure of the nation's political leaders and military leaders to understand that war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means