Encirclement Concept
(477 words)

Encirclement Concept

The concept of encirclement was coined, or rather applied to the situation in international relations, by Reich Chancellor Bülow in a speech in the Reichstag on November 14, 1906. Reacting to the entente that had just been concluded between England and France, Bülow warned that the German Reich was being encircled “like the beast in the forest.”

It is probable that no political conception received such wide currency in prewar Germany as that of encirclement. The mantra circulated not only among nationalists, but also in that portion…

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Krumeich, Gerd, “Encirclement Concept”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0180>
First published online: 2015



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