Chapter Fourteen. War Aims and Neutrality

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Jean-Jacques Becker Professor Honorary President

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch14

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Becker, J.-J. (2010) War Aims and Neutrality, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • war aims and neutrality;
  • Russian mobilization - triggering war and giving Germany a primary reason for entering the conflict;
  • war aims in 1914;
  • September Program - ensuring security of German Empire in the east and in the west;
  • war aims - changing according to events on the battlefield;
  • Ottoman Empire - second state in abandoning policy of neutrality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Outbreak of War

  • War Aims

  • The Role of Neutrals during the War

  • Benedict XV and Wilson

  • The New Diplomatic Reality

  • References and Further Reading