First Know Your Enemy

Comprehending Imperial German War Aims & Deciphering the Enigma of Kultur

John A. Moses

The essential peculiarity of the Kaiser's Germany is explored in this study of Prussian militaristic culture. The question of how Germany's war planning impinged on Australasia is also closely examined. Moses purposefully seeks to expose the fallacy of seeing the past in terms that reflect some present-day agenda.
Date Published :
September 2020
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781925984491
Pages : 396
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In the search for the deeper causes of the ‘War to end all wars’ the reading public has been presented with countless titles by military, diplomatic and intellectual historians. Some of these have, however, been motivated by a desire to show how their authors would have preferred the past events to have been, so as to promote some present-day agenda. This is the fallacy of ‘presentism.’

John Moses was trained at the Universities of Munich and Erlangen by professors committed to the Rankean tradition of showing ‘how it actually was,' as far as humanly possible, based on diligent archival research and with the strictest objectivity and emotional detachment. Consequently, both Moses and Overlack have been at pains to identify the essential peculiarity of the Kaiser’s Germany and have focused sharply on the question of how its war planning impinged on Australasia.

About The Author

John Moses is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Department of History under its then Head, the late Professor Gordon Greenwood. In 1961 he continued post-graduate studies in Germany at the Universities of Munich 1961–63 and then in Erlangen, 1963–65 where he graduated D.Phil. before returning to Brisbane to join the Department of History. Here he served until retirement in 1989, having spent frequent lengthy study leaves in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.