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My name is Michael Palmer and I would consider myself to be a liberal historian. I do not write books so have no opinions to peddle, I do not believe that every new scrap of paper or scribbled diary entry means that history has to be re-written, and my days of a documentary film maker are over and I despise the use of alternative history. (It didn’t happen?)
I am less interested in the military aspect of war then I am in the humanity of war. For example I will not delve too heavily into the delivery of poison gas onto the western front but I will explore the motivations of people like Fritz Haber.
I thought that I would start these early blogs by exploring the motivations for the Great War dealing with the seven mane protagonist France, Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan and Great Britain in turn.
Oh and there is one more pet hate of mine, I despise numbering wars like Hollywood movies, and over the next five years we will understand why this was THE GREAT WAR.