Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe 1904-1914

Paperback | April 15, 2000

byDavid Stevenson

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The global impact of the First World War dominated the history of the first half of the twentieth century. This major reassessment of the origins of the war, based on extensive original research in several countries, is the first full analysis of the politics of armaments in pre-1914 Europe.David Stevenson directs attention away from the Anglo-German naval race towards the competition on land between the continental armies. He analyses the defence policies of the Powers, and the interaction between the growth of military preparedness and the diplomatic crises in the Mediterranean andthe Balkans that culminated in the events of July-August 1914. The thought-provoking conclusions about the relationship between armaments and international conflict offer a fresh conceptual framework for the study of the origins of the First World War.

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The global impact of the First World War dominated the history of the first half of the twentieth century. This major reassessment of the origins of the war, based on extensive original research in several countries, is the first full analysis of the politics of armaments in pre-1914 Europe.David Stevenson directs attention away from ...

David Stevenson is at London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:475 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208316

ISBN - 13:9780198208310

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Arms and the Men2. Continental Equilibrium? 1904-19083. The Breakdown of Equilibrium in the East: From the Bosnian Crisis to the Balkan Wars, 1908-19124. The Breakdown of Equilibrium in the West, 1908-19125. The Great Acceleration, 1912-19136. Vials of Wrath, 1912-19147. Conclusion

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It has a full scholarly apparatus, with footnotes conveniently at the foot of the page - today unusual, but very welcome. The Journal of the Victorian Military Society (June 1997)