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Terence Holmes, Robert T. Foley, Gerhard Groβ, and Annika Mombauer have all argued forcefully against the Zuber thesis, the first two in the pages of War in History. I am only going to talk about Holmes’s and Mombauer’s criticisms. The crux of Holmes’s argument is that Zuber has too rigid […]

The Schlieffen Plan, part 3

If there was never a Schlieffen Plan, then it is fair to ask: Why has the Schlieffen Plan become a staple of virtually every single Western Civilization textbook?   It is a good question and one for which Zuber has a persuasive answer. The standard narrative about the Schlieffen Plan is […]

The Schlieffen Plan, part 2