PEACE MOVES AND U-BOAT WARFARE. A STUDY OF IMPERIAL GERMANY’S POLICY TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES, APRIL 18, 1916 – JANUARY 9, 1917.

Birnbaum, Karl E.


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Archon Books, Hamden, Connecticut; 2nd.ed., 1970. Xxi + 388 pp., 9 photo ports., &c. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. First published by Stockholm University in 1958, the author examines German policy towards the USA during the First World War, describing in detail the U-boat proclamation and submarine warfare, the Sussex crisis, the LUSITANIA crisis, the ARABIC crisis, and American deliveries of war supplies to the Allies. He also examines Germany’s peace moves towards the US ; the diplomatic policies ; problems of Armed Merchantmen ; the US peace note to Germany ; the final breakdown of Germany’s ‘American Policy’ ; and Holtzendorff’s declaration of unrestricted U-boat warfare that followed. These and other aspects of the naval and political struggle on America’s side to keep out of the war, and on Germany’s side to keep America from siding with Great Britain ; all to no avail following the crisis of April 1916 when the situation moved into a decisive and inevitable phase. By January 1917 the German Imperial Chancellor conceded that his policy had failed and that the two nations could no longer avoid open conflict. America’s arrival on the scene meant a great influx of fresh, albeit un-blooded troops, to the Western Front, and a swelling of warships to fight alongside the Royal Navy, especially welcome with the added force of destroyers to combat the crisis of the submarine threat. GERMAN-AMERICAN POLICIES AND MOVES DURING WWI IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP AMERICA OUT OF THE CONFLICT. FINE COPY.


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