German Opinion on National Policy Prior to July 1914: Part II
In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. German Opinion on National Policy Prior to July 1914: Part II is Number 156 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the conclusion of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. The book consists entirely of short excerpts, translated from German into English, from books, speeches, and other statements by prominent German intellectuals and political leaders. The selected passages are presented mainly as reflections of German political ambitions and designs for European and world expansion, made in the period leading up to World War I. A prefatory note by the anonymous translator discusses the importance of three concepts used by German opinion leaders: Weltpolitik (world policy), Weltmacht (world power), and Weltherrschaft (world domination). The excerpts are grouped under five main chapters: Weltpolitik; War and Weltpolitik; Territorial Expansion; Germany’s Attitude Towards Other Countries; and Schemes of Domination. Each of these chapters contains a number of sub-sections. An index of authors—56 in all—is provided. The book is a continuation of Number 155 in the series, German Opinion on National Policy Prior to July 1914: Part I.
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