Rehearsals: The German Army in Belgium, August 1914
"Rehearsals tells an important story. It's a credible record of the German army's orchestrated campaign of terror in Belgium in 1914, and Lipkes is right to title it 'Rehearsals,' because the Germans were clearly experimenting with methods they hoped would facilitate modern, massive fast-moving warfare. Their supplies and communications had been interrupted--albeit weakly--by guerrillas in 1870-71. The Germans clearly hoped to terrorize conquered populations into complete submission. Belgium was the rehearsal for campaigns to come, in this war and the next."
Journal of Modern History
"In the first days of the Great War, the Prussian army invading Belgium executed over six thousand civilians, burned entire villages, and culminated this campaign against noncombatants by destroying much of the city of Leuven. The author provides a graphic, detailed account of events that, until recently were often dismissed as atrocity propaganda. His vivid descriptions from the victims' perspective illustrates his position that the German terror of 1914 was a deliberate, top-down policy intended to break a conquered people, and in that sense was a 'rehearsal' for the greater crimes of World War II... Events on the ground were all too likely to follow the pattern Lipkes so eloquently describes."
D. E. Showalter
"Lipkes' study of the horrible events in Belgium in August 1914 offers a wealth of valuable material."
Journal of Military History
Politics, Religion and Classical Political Economy in Britain: John Stuart Mill and his Followers
"Both the structure and content of Lipkesís argument are original and provocative, cutting across many extant schools of Mill studies and suggesting new and subtle relationships among fields of study that were becoming increasingly separated."