World War One As Preventative War

David Adesnik says my account of world war one as a preventative war “was once quite popular but now has much less support” among historians. That may be right since it’s what I learned in high school, and what is high school good for if not propagating outdated scholarship. On the other hand, David says “Germany attacked Russia because the German leadership wanted to divert the working class’ attention away from domestic politics” which sounds like it’s either a joke or else a Michael Moore documentary.