August 1914: All armies go to war brimming with confidence. The commanders
proceed to implement the plans that are supposed to guarantee success, such as
Plan XVII of the French and the famous Schlieffen Plan of the Germans. But none
of the planned scenarios become reality and everywhere the war degenerates into
an unforeseen stationary conflict. In the meantime, the flames of war also flare
up in the Middle East and in Africa. A conflict that had started in Europe thus
becomes a genuine world war . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.