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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1112084797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1112084799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,877,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Forster on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
In this great book,Francis Neilson,former member of the British Parliment,totally demolishes all the propaganda myths about the origins and outbreak of WWI.It is particularly good at destroying the "naval rivalry" myths such as put forth by Robert Massie in his book "Dreadnought".Neilson reveals that it was the British who started the rivaly and where the driving force behind it,not the Germans as we are always told.The increases in the German Navy was nothing more than a reaction to the British naval expansion and the Entente efforts to surround and isolate Germany.Neilson also exposes the myth of Belgian neutrality as the reason for England entering the war.We need more books like this and fewer of the Massie type propaganda/history books.This is a great book for anyone interested in this period of history.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Francis Neilson was a Member of the British Parliament when World War I erupeted in 1914. He was one of the first to articulate an honest view of the origins of this war when he wrote HOW DIPLOMATS MAKE WAR. While Nielson comments on sources and events in Great Britian, this is an important study because of the role the British played in this war.

One of myths that Nielson explodes is the one that supposedly the Germans engaged the British in a naval race. As Nielson clearly proves from documents, not newspapers and lying nonsense, the British authorities and press barons started this myth to provoke British hostility against the Germans. In other words, the Germans had no plan to compete with the size of the British Navy until the British made an issue of non-events.

Another myth that was hoisted on the British was the lie that the British entered WWI due to alleged German violation of Belgium neutrality. The Twenty-Four Articles which the British accepted in 1831 only required to honor Belgium neutrality and not to defend it. When the Germans invaded Belgium, this was the pretext for the British declaration of war. What Neilson and other honest historians reveal is that in 1906, the British Foreign Minister Lord Grey (1906-1916) made a secret alliance with French which committed British armed forces if the French got into a war with the Germans. This agreement was so secret that many in the British Government and Members of Parliament were not aware of it until hostilities erupted. To paraphrase a citation that Neilson used, How many fools does it take to make a democracy.

Neilson also makes mention that British cowardly loud mouths who called for war, blood, and death were not the ones getting wounded and slaughtered on the Western Front.
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