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The Barnes Review, September/October 2014: World War I: Special TBR Centenary Issue
VOLUME XX, NUMBER 5
Table of Contents
By Ronald L. Ray. Who and/or what instigated the near self-destruction of Europe in the height of its glory? How could this mass slaughter called World War I have been allowed to take place? Was it the bankers? Greed? Territorial ambitions? Religious conflict? Imperial hubris? Or was it, in the end, mere stupidity? Assistant Editor Ronald Ray examines the many interlocking events that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s that led to the “war to end all wars,” as WWI was billed at the time.
THE ATTACK THAT OUTRAGED THE WORLD
By Dr. Phillip Rife. We now know the British liner Lusitania was no mere civilian pleasure ship. Recent finds prove the ship was carrying large quantities of war materiel to WWI Allied armies. But the real questions are whether or not Winston Churchill actually hoped the Germans would sink the Lusitania and what actions he took to ensure that the ship was attacked.
AUSTRIA’S ROLE IN STARTING WWI
By Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson. At TBR, unlike our mainstream “competition,” we take a pro-German stance on history. So when former TBR editor Matthew Raphael Johnson, Ph.D. submitted this story explaining why he believed Austria deserved the preponderance of blame for starting World War I, there was initially some surprise. But he also gets his shots in on the British as well.
BATTLING FOR THE TURKISH STRAITS
By Daniel w. Michaels. Since Russia first developed a navy, this massive nation has been on a quest for warm water ports. Despite her vast size, Russia is, for much of the year, landlocked, her ports jammed with ice. This is why control of the Turkish Straits—leading from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean—has been for centuries foremost on Russia’s list of national desires.
THE MEN BEHIND GAVRILO PRINCIP
By John Tiffany. When trying to assess the blame for World War I, one must look closely at Serbia. It was, after all, a Serbian who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. But did Serbian leaders know of the plot in advance and did they or did they not try to warn the Austrians of the foul plan in time to stop it? Assistant Editor John Tiffany fills us in.
THE ROTHSCHILDS AND THE CZARS
By Stephen Goodson. The author, an expert in monetary matters, takes a look at the financial situation in Russia prior to and during World War I and explains why the ending of the Russian royal family and the fomenting of constant unrest in Russia both worked toward the Rothschilds’ goal of getting rid of the State Bank of the Russian empire for the benefit of their private banking dynasty.
GERMAN SABOTAGE ATTACKS ON AMERICA
By Philip Rife. The Germans and Austrians, knowing full well the “neutral” United States was arming the Allies during World War I, conceived a plan to sabotage U.S. port facilities that were engaged in such underhanded efforts on America’s East Coast. Here is a brief synopsis of those efforts that, in the end, did more harm than good to the Axis war effort.
ADVENTURES OF U.S. PILOTS IN FRANCE
By Joaquin Bochaca. Prior to World War I, Germany had become a haven for Jews across Europe fleeing persecution, real and imagined. Then why did Germany’s Jewish population collectively stab their German benefactors in the back during World War I?
THE DISASTROUS VERSAILLES TREATY
By John Wear. Everyone seems to agree on one point regarding World War I: The treaty that Germany was forced to sign all but guaranteed another major war would be fought in the near future. But what exactly did the treaty say and why was it so onerous?
THE COST OF WORLD WAR I
By Dr. Harry Elmer Barnes. Would the world have been a better place today had the United States remained strictly neutral in World War I? Famed Revisionist historian and TBR’s namesake Harry Elmer Barnes explains.
FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:
Personal from the Editor • Editorial: World War IV • WWI’s bloodiest battles • Outlaw gets U.S. into World War I • Was the archduke a “bad man”? • An assassin’s sandwich • Anti-German hysteria • World War I peacemakers • Henry Villard remembers • Why Britain attacked Germany • How WWI changed America • History You May Have Missed • Germany’s November criminals • Text of Article 231 • Letters to the Editor.