The Origins of World War I (Hardback)
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The Origins of World War I (Hardback)

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Hardback 552 Pages / Published: 24/02/2003
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This work poses a straightforward - yet at the same time perplexing - question about World War I: Why did it happen? Several of the oft-cited causes are reviewed and discussed. The argument of the alliance systems is inadequate, lacking relevance or compelling force. The arguments of mass demands, those focusing on nationalism, militarism and social Darwinism, it is argued, are insufficient, lacking indications of frequency, intensity, and process (how they influenced the various decisions). The work focuses on decision-making, on the choices made by small coteries, in Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, Britain and elsewhere. The decisions made later by leaders in Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, the Balkans, and the United States are also explored. The final chapters review the 'basic causes' once again. An alternative position is advanced, one focused on elites and coteries, their backgrounds and training, and on their unique agendas.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521817356
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 1000 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm


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Review of the hardback: '[A] fine work ... Each of the chapters in this work examines how a particular country came to the decision to go to war, and will thus make welcome teaching vehicles for students and lecturers alike.' History Today
Review of the hardback: 'Goldman's excellent book ... provides a clearly argued analysis both of the key role that women played in Soviet industrialisation and of the tensions between the different actors involved in that project - ordinary workers, managers, Party and trade union officials, and women activists.' The Economic History Review
Review of the hardback: 'This is a fascinating book whose coherence and focus, together with helpful introductions and conclusions by the editors, offers comparative conclusions about the major and minor powers' motivations for joining the war.' War in History
"...insightful...The Origins of World War I deserves reading by anyone interested in World War I or decision making in conflict situations." History
"This volume presents a new approach to the origins of the Great War.... The authors offer many interesting and original interpretations: the British military had minimal effect on civilian decisions; the alliance systems were defensive rather than offensive; British Foreign Minister Grey was more pro-war than represented in earlier interpretations; and businessmen were generally anti-war, suggesting that economic liberalism was largely irrelevant.... Highly recommended." Choice
"the essays do provide thoughtful analyses of the factors impelling the various nations to war, which, in most cases, prove to have been less the result of aggressive urges than to fear that by not acting, they might lose power and influence, factors that particularly drove Austro-Hungarian and German decision making. An interesting and valuable work." - The NYMAS Review

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