An Improbable War?: The Outbreak of World War I and European Political Culture Before 1914

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Holger Afflerbach, David Stevenson, Stevenson Professor of International History David Stevenson
Berghahn Books, 2007 - 365 страници
The First World War has been described as the “primordial catastrophe of the twentieth century.” Arguably, Italian Fascism, German National Socialism and Soviet Leninism and Stalinism would not have emerged without the cultural and political shock of World War I. The question why this catastrophe happened therefore preoccupies historians to this day. The focus of this volume is not on the consequences, but rather on the connection between the Great War and the “long 19th century,” the short- and long-term causes of World War I. This approach results in the questioning of many received ideas about the war's causes, especially the notion of “inevitability.”
 

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This book is the outcome of a conference at Emory University in 2004. The conference was to deal with the question "Was the First World War inevitable or improbable?". Taken from that conference were ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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Introduction
1
EUROPEAN STATESCRAFT AND THE QUESTION
15
CHAPTER 2
43
CHAPTER 5
44
CHAPTER 3
61
CHAPTER 4
75
Chances and Limits of Armament Control 18981914
95
CHAPTER 6
113
CHAPTER 12
213
CHAPTER 13
227
The Politics of Satisfaction in PreWar Europe
233
CHAPTER 14
256
CHAPTER 15
271
THE PERSPECTIVE FROM AFAR THE OUTBREAK OF WAR IN EUROPE
285
CHAPTER 17
303
CHAPTER 18
320

CHAPTER 7
130
CHAPTER 8
149
HOPES AND FEARS OF WAR AND PEACE SUBJECTIVE EXPECTATIONS
159
CHAPTER 10
183
CHAPTER 11
200

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Holger Afflerbach specializes in 19th- and 20th- Century German history; international relations; military history, particularly World War I and World War II, as well as Austrian and Italian history and has written widely on these topics. Until recently DAAD Professor of History at Emory University, he now teaches at Leeds University.

David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specializes in the history of international relations in Europe since c.1900, with particular reference to the World War I. His recent publications include Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (Oxford 1996) and Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy (New York, 2004).

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