French war plans, 1914: The ‘Balance of Power Paradox’

@article{Porch2006FrenchWP,
  title={French war plans, 1914: The ‘Balance of Power Paradox’},
  author={D. Porch},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={29},
  pages={117 - 144}
}
  • D. Porch
  • Published 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
  • Abstract Historians have noted that both German and French war preparation in 1914 fell victim to the inadequacies of traditional threat-based planning: vulnerability to ‘threat deception’ which caused each to underestimate or mischaracterize the threat; a tendency to ‘mirror-image’ by fitting intelligence into preconceived notions of how the enemy was expected to behave; and ‘group think’ that discouraged a serious consideration of alternative scenarios. This article applies the ‘Balance of… CONTINUE READING
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