The Coming of the First World War

The Coming of the First World War

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This book makes two distinctive contributions to one of the most fundamental debates in modern European history. First, it presents readable and judicious accounts of the events and decisions directly precipitating the outbreak of war in each of the main belligerent countries; second, it assesses the role of public opinion and popular mood in determining and responding to the `July Crisis' of 1914.

With a list of contributors who are all distinguished in different aspects of the subject, this stimulating survey covers the historiography of the immediate causes of the war, and includes new reflections on the character of the official and unofficial `mentalites' during the last weeks of peace.

Contributors: Sir Michael Howard, Zbynek Zeman, R. J. W. Evans, D. W. Spring, Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann, Richard Cobb, and Michael Brock.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 13mm | 288g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • map
  • 0198228414
  • 9780198228417
  • 2,676,109

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The origins of the first World War have created a heated debate and intensive controversy from the very beginning, in August 1914, until the present day. No other outbreak of the war has attracted the attention of so many historians, journalists, writers of memoirs, and military authors.
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Table of contents

Introduction; Europe on the eve of the First World War; The Balkans in the outbreak of the First World War; The Habsburg monarchy and the coming of the war; Russia and the outbreak of the First World War; Germany and the origins of the First World War; The coming of the First World War: France; Britain enters the war; Bibliography; Index
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... full of fresh ideas and mostly elegantly and eloquently written. It fully justifies the editors" claim to have contributed something new and significant by concentrating ... upon the actual decisions of politicians and their immediate background in the public opinion and popular mood of those sultry July days. * English Historical Review * A collection of excellent essays ... incorporating the conclusions of the latest scholarship. * London Review of Books *
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