December 08, 2016

Today in History: Imperial War Council plans First World War (1912)

John RobsonResident Historian John Robson
 

On this date in 1912, December 8, the First World War began. Not officially, of course. 

It was at an Imperial War Council in Berlin on that date that the Kaiser and his top advisors decided to launch a war against Russia, then France and Britain, by seizing on a Balkan crisis, as soon as the navy thought it was ready to take on the Royal Navy.

They also accelerated their arms programs and propaganda, rewrote their mobilization plans, and laid down almost exactly the scenario that played out in July and August 1914, when the Kaiser seized on the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and declared “It’s now or never”.

The horrors of war, including of World War I, should not blind us to the fact that behind every war is an aggressor.

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commented 2016-12-09 12:19:56 -0500
The victors write history. Maybe if the English weren’t obsessed with putting Germany in its place, the war would never have happened. It was as much about English imperialism as it was about German imperialism. A very unnecessary war that Wilson lied about – saying the US would not enter. Diminishes my views on Churchill who was clearly a warmonger.
commented 2016-12-09 10:24:30 -0500
another excellent video professor!!!santayna once said’those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it’.my wife’s great grandfather,sapper George Edwin Potter was in ww1.not sure but we believe he was at vimy ridge too.
commented 2016-12-09 03:45:59 -0500
I hate to say it, but i’m starting to believe that the Morgenthau plan should have been enacted. The EU and migrant crisis, pushed by Germany and supported by Austria (gee, where have I heard that one before?) with the EU being the new Reich is absolutely insane, and yet here we are. I know for a fact that Germans are genius, frankly I think the real problem is Germans are so forward thinking they jump on the band wagon ahead of the rest. The UK, particularily Scotland have just as many pro open border dumb asses, as does Canada, the USA, etc, just like in the 30’s their was no shortage of communists and Fascists in these countries. But, unlike Germany, we don’t keep fraking everything up. Because we stick to REAL democracy, Germany just keeps plowing ahead with their tall foreheads, scientific minds and their seemingly suicidal disdain for free speech and democracy.
commented 2016-12-08 23:19:15 -0500
Interesting once again professor ROBSON
Germany is rearming again , and yes it has its own army and navy and air force once again with our necular missels
commented 2016-12-08 21:26:04 -0500
Sorry. Should read: “unprecedented scale and fury”.
commented 2016-12-08 21:17:25 -0500
“Behind every war is an aggressor” So true. To hear the lefties tell it is just misunderstandings that need to be talked over. When evil has made a plan talk accomplishes nothing. The sooner the aggressor can be put in his place the less the scale of the war and lower the loss of life.

Had Churchill been given heed in the 1930’s the loss of life in the second world war would have been minuscule- numbered in the hundreds not the millions. Kind of like the warnings about islam today. So, instead of having a small war with islam we will certainly have a war of precedented scale and ferocity.
commented 2016-12-08 21:17:25 -0500
“Behind every war is an aggressor” So true. To hear the lefties tell it is just misunderstandings that need to be talked over. When evil has made a plan talk accomplishes nothing. The sooner the aggressor can be put in his place the less the scale of the war and lower the loss of life.

Had Churchill been given heed in the 1930’s the loss of life in the second world war would have been minuscule- numbered in the hundreds not the millions. Kind of like the warnings about islam today. So, instead of having a small war with islam we will certainly have a war of precedented scale and ferocity.
commented 2016-12-08 19:12:47 -0500
There you go again, Dr. Robison, stating true historical facts that go against the narrative. Remember, the SoC made the ruling facts can be considered hate speech.