This is one of those WWI campaigns that has received very little coverage by historians. The horror of the Western Front has seized the attention of historians and although it was a very important element of WWI, there were many other very important elements, such as that covered by this excellent book – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Siege of Tsingtau, The German-Japanese War 1914 FILE: R2574 AUTHOR: Charles Stephenson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 244 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, Germany, Japan, Far East, German colonies, German trading centres, siege warfare ISBN: 1-52670-292-4 IMAGE: B2574.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yayv2xb8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is one of those WWI campaigns that has received very little coverage by historians. The horror of the Western Front has seized the attention of historians and although it was a very important element of WWI, there were many other very important elements, such as that covered by this excellent book – Highly Recommended. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Great War was that it was a collection of accidents and miscalculations that was to have far reaching and unintended consequences decades after the war was ended. The war itself was begun because the nations of European sleep-walked into war. It has been described as a European Civil War, and as a Family Dispute, where if the real reasons for conflict were ever known, nobody could remember exactly what they were when the guns fell silent. Principally, the twin reasons for a war in Europe were both German. Bismark's efforts to bind the German-speaking world into a new nation were seriously flawed, as were to be the next two attempts at European Union under Hitler's Nazis and the Eurocrats of the failing European Union. The weakness was that such a union threatened neighbours and eventually those neighbours were bound to rise up. It was unstable because it was attempting to bind ancient nations that had their own long and proud history, with a society that was unique. What made the process potentially very dangerous was that the European nations had all built their own global empires. It may have been that the British Empire was by far the largest, richest and most powerful, but it was by no means unique. Particularly in China, the European nations had all tried to set up their own trading posts which they needed to protect against the Chinese and each other. Into this potential cauldron came a Japan which was ending its isolation from the world. The Japanese had built a modern and powerful fleet with more than a little help and encouragement from Britain, following the crude colonial attempts of the USA to employ gunboat diplomacy to open Japan to US traders. Japan and Britain had many things in common, being a small collection of islands off a large and potentially hostile coast. Both nations had a high regard for their national and social characteristics, with a strict class system and a strong code of ethics and duty. When the Russians sent a fleet to challenge Japan it had been comprehensively defeated. Japan no longer just had confidence in its Fleet, but proof that it could take on anyone it chose. As Europe lumbered towards WWI, the British were already looking to form allegiances and Japan was a natural friend at that time. This immediately placed the German interests in China and the surrounding areas at immediate and direct risk. The Siege of Tsingtau was the fulcrum of the Japanese war with Germany's Asia-Pacific Colonial Empire. The author has described well the build up to war, the siege and the Japanese victory over Germany. This under told part of WWI was to have enormous consequences for the world and has continued to influence events more than one hundred years later, including the growing danger of a nuclear war triggered by North Korea.