Why do I bring this topic to this blog? Because there were many German-American Lutherans in this land at that time. The early fathers of the Missouri Synod came from Germany, many to escape persecution of Lutheranism in their fatherland. And as I have perused the writings of those who lived through the "Great War" from the old (German) Missouri Synod, they presented a refreshing basis of true history that either refutes the worst of modern history, or filled in the true reasons for the anger that built into the so-called "Great War". Why?... why are they the best source of true history? Because all other historians ignore or are ignorant of the true motives involved as they ignored matters of the true faith, Christianity.
There has been a resurgence of books written recently purporting to give a more complete or incisive analysis of why this war started. I have examined several for reference, but only to compare them to what I have learned from the German-American Lutherans of the old (German) Missouri Synod. Virtually all of the history books take no notice of the religious aspects or underlying motives.
The old (German) Missouri Synod could see right through the motives of all sides. But if you really want to learn of why the war began and progressed to its horrible stature, you will study especially...Franz Pieper. It was especially Franz Pieper who struck at the heart of all matters involved, for he not only read the papers from around the world and kept himself informed on all events, but he also believed God at His Word.
Again, the best of these was none other than...