The Failure of Peace by Negotiation in 1917

  title={The Failure of Peace by Negotiation in 1917},
  author={David Stevenson},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={65 - 86}
  • D. Stevenson
  • Published 1 March 1991
  • Political Science, History
  • The Historical Journal
The First World War was launched in the belief that force could be an effective instrument of policy. Underlying the decisions of July and August 1914 was a hard core of calculation, based on the advice to governments that the fighting would be fierce but short, and that its political and economic repercussions could be contained. In addition, because the two sides were closer to military equivalence than in previous crises, both could believe that they had a reasonable prospect of victory. But… 
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