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The Forgotten FrontThe Eastern Theater of World War I, 1914 - 1915$
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Gerhard P. Gross

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175416

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175416.001.0001

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The Eastern Front

The Eastern Front

Geopolitics, Geography, and Operations

(p.11) 1 The Eastern Front
The Forgotten Front

Hew Strachan

University Press of Kentucky

In this chapter Hew Strachan contends that the eastern front has long been unjustifiably neglected by researchers. This stems from the fact that for a long time before the start of the First World War, the Great General Staff considered Russia the main enemy. The paradox that Germany, because of its central role in a war against Russia and its French ally, intended to attack first in the west and then in the east, is explained in light of the geopolitical thesis of the British geographer and geopolitical theorist Halford Mackinder as it applies to the geographical conditions of Russia.

Keywords:   Eurasian heartland eastern front, 1914–1915, First World War, Russo-German antagonism, pivot state, geopolitics, Halford Mackinder

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