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The Way into War
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The Course of the War

The Way into War

On the threshold of the 20th century, everlasting freedom seemed to be an attainable goal, if only one could “muster the efforts of all states.”1 It was Russian Tsar Nicholas II who invited all the then-independent states of Europe, plus the United States and Japan, to an international conference in August 1898. He named two motives for a turnabout in international politics. The alliances secured two decades previously “have so far developed their military strength to an unknown extent, an…

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Dülffer, Jost, “The Way into War”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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