The Origins of World War I, 1871-1914

The Origins of World War I, 1871-1914

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Appropriate for courses in Western civilization surveys, modern Europe, and twentieth-century Europe, this text examines in detail the origins of the first world war. An ideal supplementary text, it is concise, readable, and offers a combination of traditional and diplomatic history with the historical controversy of the origin of the First World War. Thoroughly revised and accessible, the second edition represents a most up-to-date treatment available on this topic. Features: * Deals with the conduct of European diplomacy between 1871 and 1914. * Examines the pivotal event that prompted the war and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife at Sarajevo. * Details the conduct of European diplomacy in the five summer weeks that passed between Sarajevo and the opening shot or the war. New to this edition: * Incorporates current scholarship to update the interpretation of the causes of World War I and presents revised coverage of the question of national responsibility, the role of public opinion, the problematic alliance system, and the breakdown of diplomacy. * Focuses on the key importance of the first world war in revolutionizing European history and society.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139.2 x 208.3 x 7.9mm | 199.06g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0155014382
  • 9780155014381
  • 2,166,359

Table of contents

Part I: The Age of Bismarck: European Diplomacy 1871-1890. The Peace of Frankfurt and Some Consequences. The New Alliance System: The Three Emperor's League of 1873. The Decline of the Ottoman Empire, The Russo-Turkish War, And the Congress of Berlin of 1878. The Dual Alliance of 1879. The Three Emperors' League Renewed, 1881. The Triple Alliance of 1882. The Bulgarian Crisis and the End of the Three Emperors' League, 1885-1887. From the Reinsurance Treaty to the Fall of Bismarck, 1887-1890. Part II: Triple Alliance and Triple Entente: European Diplomacy 1890-1914. The Initiative Passes: The Re-Emergence of France. The Road to the Franco-Russian Alliance, 1890-1894. Anglo-French Relations and the Shock of Recognition, 1890-1898. Friend or Foe? Anglo-German Relations, 1896-1903. Entente Cordiale, 1904. Testing the Entente: Russo-Japanese War, Moroccan Crisis, Bjorko and the Matter of Staff Talks, 1904-1906. Triple Entente: The Anglo-Russian Understanding of 1907. Bosnia and the Annexation Crisis of 1908-1909. The Panther's Leap: The Second Moroccan Crisis of 1911. The Troubles of Turkey: The Tripolitanian War, 1911-12. The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913. Road to Disaster? 1871-1914 in Perspective. Part IV: Europe on the Eve: How Deep the Trouble? A Matter of Political Organization: The National State. Poisonous Medicine? The Alliance System. Conflict Overseas: Imperialism. Conflict at Home: Dardanelles to Alsace. The Sources of Anglo-German Friction. A Matter of Publicity: The Press Arms and the Men: War as a Means of Policy. But How Deep the Trouble? Some Conclusions. Part IV: Catasrophe: Sarajevo, The July Crisis, And the Outbreak of War. The Shots of June: The Preparations Sarajevo, June 28. The Echo in Vienna. Germany's Blank Check (July 5-6). "There Is Nothing to Indicate...", The Wiesner Investigation (July 13). No More Cause for War? Austrian Ultimatum and Serbian Reply (July 23-25). Peace or War? The Small War Begins (July 25-28). Mobilization Means War: The Intervention of Russia (July 25-29). Finding Suicide: Motive, Fear of Death. A Time of Ultimatums (July 30-31). War (August 1-4). Part V: A Question of Responsibility. Argument Without End. National Responsibility: Austria and Serbia. Russia and Germany. Britain and France. Other Causes, Other Reasons: Diplomacy to Public Opinion. The Matter of Militarism. A Tremendous Lack of Imagination.
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