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Inventing the Schlieffen Plan
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Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning 1871-1914

Terence Zuber


The existence of the Schlieffen plan has been one of the basic assumptions of 20th-century military history. It was the perfect example of the evils of German militarism: aggressive, mechanical, and disdainful of both politics and of public morality. World War I began in August 1914 allegedly because the Schlieffen plan forced the German government to transform a Balkan quarrel into a World War by attacking France. In the end, the Schlieffen plan failed at the battle of the Marne. The Schlieffen plan has become ‘common knowledge’. Yet it has always been recognised that the Schlieffen plan incl ... More

Keywords: Schlieffen plan, war plan, war guilt, intelligence estimate, war game, Balkan war, battle of the Marne, militarism, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Zuber, author