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    Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War (New Studies in European History) (Paperback) By (author) Annika Mombauer, Series edited by Peter Baldwin, Series edited by Christopher Clark, Series edited by James B. Collins, Series edited by Lyndal Roper, Series edited by Mia Rodriguez-salgado

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    DescriptionThis book explores the influence of Helmuth von Moltke, Germany's Chief of the General Staff between 1906 and 1914. Based largely on previously unknown primary sources, it analyses the General Staff's role in military decision-making and Moltke's relationship with Kaiser Wilhelm II, as well as the genesis of the Schlieffen Plan and Germany's military and political reactions to the many pre-war crises. Moltke's influence on Germany's political decision-making was decisive, helping to foster an increasingly confrontational mood. The book takes specific issue with the common perception of Moltke as an ineffectual and reluctant military leader, remembered primarily for the defeat at the Battle of the Marne and his alleged adulteration of the Schlieffen Plan. It concludes that he was both bellicose and ambitious, hoping for war 'the sooner the better' and playing a crucial role in the outbreak and early months of the First World War.


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    Title
    Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Annika Mombauer, Series edited by Peter Baldwin, Series edited by Christopher Clark, Series edited by James B. Collins, Series edited by Lyndal Roper, Series edited by Mia Rodriguez-salgado
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521019569
    ISBN 10: 0521019567
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJF
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: HBWN
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    BIC subject category V2: YNJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027090
    DC22: 940.311, 943.084092
    LC classification: D511 .M5525 2001
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHWR5, NHD
    Illustrations note
    16 b/w illus. 3 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    ' ... a very significant contribution to the scholarship on both Wilhelmine Germany and the military pre-history of the Great War ... clearly the definitive statement on the role and career of the younger Moltke as Chief of the Great General Staff. I suspect that it will remain as such for a long time to come.' Dr Matthew S. Seligmann, Reviews in History '... as a study of power and the manipulation of government it is unsurpassed.' Open History ' ... this tightly argued and widely researched study ... This is revisionist history at its best.' Contemporary Review 'The book is essential reading for students of Modern Europe, Germany, and the First World War because it moves the debate on the origins of the war to a new plane - from national to individual responsibility, with Moltke.' German Studies Review 'Anyone interested in the history of the first world war will find this scrupulously researched book of absorbing interest ...' The Spectator ' This important and scholarly work ... offers a major contribution to scholarship on the origins and early stages of the First world War ... Mombauer's work will play a major role in future discussion of the period.' History 'Historian Annika Mombauer has produced an excellent book ... every serious historian of the Wilhelmine period will want a copy of this book.' Journal of Military History
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Military decision-making in Wilhelmine Germany; 2. Alfred von Schlieffen and Helmuth von Moltke: 'military genius' and 'reluctant military leader'; 3. From crisis to crisis: the international background to military planning in the pre-war years; 4. The July crisis and the outbreak of war: the German perspective; 5. The General Staff at war; Conclusion.