This innovative new study analyzes the origins of the First and Second World Wars in one single volume by drawing on a wide range of material, including original sources. In concise, readable chapters, the author surveys the key issues surrounding the causes of both wars, offers an original and critical survey of the conflict of opinion among historians and provides a lively selection of primary documents on major issues. The result is a unique perspective on the origins of the two most devastating military conflicts in world history.
1. The origins of the First World War, 1871-1914; 2. The historians and the origins of the First World War; 3. The origins of the Second World War: 1 War and the fragile peace, 1914-38; 4. The origins of the Second World War: 2 From peace to global war, 1933-41; 5. The historians and the origins of the Second World War.