The Origins of the First World War

The Origins of the First World War

by William Mulligan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521713943

ISBN-13: 9780521713948

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Providing a new interpretation of the origins of the First World War, this textbook synthesises recent scholarship and introduces the major historiographical and political debates surrounding the outbreak of the war. William Mulligan argues that the war was a far from inevitable outcome of international politics in the early twentieth century and suggests instead

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Providing a new interpretation of the origins of the First World War, this textbook synthesises recent scholarship and introduces the major historiographical and political debates surrounding the outbreak of the war. William Mulligan argues that the war was a far from inevitable outcome of international politics in the early twentieth century and suggests instead that there were powerful forces operating in favour of the maintenance of peace. His fresh perspective on the pre-war international system takes account of new approaches to the study of international politics since the end of the Cold War and the acceleration of globalisation. Thematic chapters examine key issues, including the military, public opinion, economics, diplomacy and geopolitics, and analyse relations between the great powers, the role of smaller states, the disintegrating empires and the July crisis. This compelling account will significantly revise our understanding of diplomacy, political culture, and economic history from 1870 to 1914.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521713948
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
New Approaches to European History Series, #43
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

List of maps vii

Acknowledgements viii

1 Introduction 1

2 Security and expansion: the great powers and geopolitics, 1871–1914 23

3 The military, war, and international politics 92

4 Public opinion and international relations 133

5 The world economy and international politics before 1914 177

6 The July crisis 208

7 Conclusion 227

Bibliography 236

Index 250

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