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Feb 17 07 12:45 AM
Feb 17 07 12:48 AM
Quote:the demise of the USSR was assured because the U.S. economy was growing and evolving while the Soviet economy was stagnating. We could have sustained the defense spending for much longer than the Russians.
Feb 17 07 1:32 AM
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Feb 17 07 2:02 AM
Quote:If Kaiser Willie was a closet liberal and was also a brilliant leader, could he have converted Germany into a constitutional monarchy where the Junkers were subject to the rule of a parliament without some sort of war or civil unrest?
Feb 17 07 2:05 AM
Quote:That was almost the entire idea behind it, halting British building while allowing Germany to play catch up at a rate she could afford. Curiously the British at the time didnt see any advantage to the offers made to them on this proposal.
Feb 17 07 2:22 AM
Feb 17 07 4:08 AM
Quote:...if Sarajevo had not bounced Europe into a War that (by Summer 1914) was actually looking less likely than a couple of years earlier.
Quote:The one circumstance in which Tirpitz's naval policies might have made excellent sense was the one which general German foreign policy for the previous 50 years had made utterly impractical - namely an alliance WITH France AGAINST Britain.
Quote:Britain spent more in these years than previously, without having to alter its constitution or even trouble the voting whips in the commons much!
Quote:I would suggest the date a Franco-German alliance became impossible from any foreseeable viewpoint was in 1870.
Quote:Not trying to turn any international incident as an excuse to attempt to intimidate other nations would have been a good idea too, as this process more than any others ensured Germanys encirclement.
Quote:Glenn is a follower of the anti Fritz Fischer school. Well not a diehard follower of Fischer myself he makes a number of very good and impossible to ignore points.
Feb 17 07 5:08 AM
Feb 17 07 5:58 AM
Quote:What killed Germany in was the adherence to a traditional policy long after it had ceased to be effective.
Feb 17 07 2:38 PM
Feb 17 07 6:27 PM
Quote:I can't help but think about the parallels between "What's his name" in Iran, "Dear Leader" Kim in North Korea and Kaiser Bill.
Quote:I would have thought it would be in Germany's interest to push back the Russian Empire by taking Poland, the Baltic States and perhaps freeing Belarus and Ukraine.
Feb 17 07 6:48 PM
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Feb 18 07 6:22 AM
Feb 18 07 6:07 PM
Quote:House enjoyed absolutely no official position at all, and had already cabled Wilson about how differently Germany viewed the world from everyone else, and how he felt they saw war as inevitable regardless.
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