AndyHollinger Posted 11 February , 2005 Share Posted 11 February , 2005 My research on this is circ 1975-6 when, during Graduate School, I looked fairly deeply into the who issue of German War aims during WWI. (I was thinking about this as I prepared my lecture today on the war aims of the American Revolution) As far as I can remember German War aims were at the beginning necessarily vague ... "We want to win" would be a humorous summary, I guess. The civilian gov't kept pestering them for statements I believe after the failure in 1915 for anything signficant to happen. Then began the process of the Warlords being dragged to put into writing just how much they'd settle for in the event a peace could be arranged. Obviously it gets more interesting and confusing in 1917 - 18 ... The Allies initial war aims can be summarized as "No you don't." But, then, they, too, get greedy and all sorts of secret Treaties (thank you Trotsky for their publication) about who wants what and all that stuff ... By the time Wilson gets into it (and mucks everything up) the Allies, too have confusing public and private war aims. What is the current literature saying about Public and Private War Aims by both the German and Allied Gov'ts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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