Before the War by Viscount R. B. Haldane | Project Gutenberg

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‘The chapters of which this little volume consists were constructed … to render clear the line of thought and action followed by the Government of this country before the war, between January, 1906, and August, 1914’.

Viscount Haldane served as Secretary of State for War from 1905 to 1912, implementing a series of reforms (including the creation of the Imperial General Staff, British Expeditionary Force, and Territorial Army) designed to prepare the British Army to fight in a Continental War. He was removed from the post of Lord Chancellor in 1915 for supposed German sympathies, having studied philosophy at Göttingen University and prepared the first English translation of Schopenhauer’s major work.

Introduction: p. 13
Diplomacy Before the War: p. 35
The German Attitude Before the War: p. 101
The Military Preparations: p. 177
Epilog: p. 207
Index: p. 227

London and New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1920

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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