Part of the "Origins of Modern Wars" series, this text examines the factors which caused the World War I. This revised edition contains additional material on the reasons for Italy's neutrality in 1914, and her eventual entry into the war on the side of the Western Powers.
An ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways historians have subsequently attempted to understand them. The importance of the theme, the breadth and sympathy of the scholarship, and the clarity of the writing, all contributed to the spectacular success of the first edition. Now Professor Joll has revised his text, which has been reset in a more readable format. There is substantial new material on Italy and the war, and a fully-reworked bibliography.
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'This succinct and, above all, admirably clear volume...will be essential reading for all students of the subject, from the sixth form onwards. It is written with lightness of touch and an eye for the telling anecdote that will commend it to the general reader too.' British Book News (of the First Edition)
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. the July Crisis, 1914 3. The alliance system and the old Diplomacy 4. Militarism, armaments and the strategy 5. The primacy of domestic politics 6. The international economy 7. Imperial rivalries 8. The mood of 1914 9. Conclusion.
The Origins of the First World War by James Joll
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