The Coming of the First World War

Paperback | May 1, 1995

EditorR. J. W. Evans, Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann

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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, itassesses 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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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, itassesses the role of public opinion and popular m...

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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.

R. J. W. Evans is at Brasenose College, Oxford. Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is at University College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198228414

ISBN - 13:9780198228417

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'As the editors say, the aim was to provide a 'concise and accessible account for the general reader' ... this objective has been successfully achieved ... highly readable throughout ... Almost every contribution exemplifies this fruitful combination of innovation and accessibility ...important volume.'Gerd Krumeich, Dusseldorf, German Historical Institute London Bulletin