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Overview

David Kaiser looks at four hundred years of modern European history to find the political causes of general war in four distinct periods (1559–1659, 1661–1713, 1792–1815, and 1914–1945). He shows how war became a natural function of politics, a logical consequence of contemporary political behavior. Rather than fighting simply to expand, states in each war fought for specific political and economic reasons. The book illustrates the extraordinary power of politics and war in modern Western civilization, if not in history as a whole.

In a provocative and original new preface and chapter, Kaiser shows which aspects of four past areas of conflict do, and do not, seem relevant to the immediate future, and he sketches out some new possibilities for Europe.

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Editorial Reviews

International History Review

Praise for the previous edition:

This is an ambitious book which takes a large subject and tackles it boldly...A stimulating book which spurs its readers to consider wide and difficult issues and deserves to be widely read.
— M. S. Anderson

Virginia Quarterly
A wide-ranging, intellectually provocative, well-written discussion of the impact which the structure of the domestic politics of major European countries has had on their international conduct over the last few centuries...Kaiser's book is likely to awaken much interest beyond the narrow circle of historical scholars.
International History Review - M. S. Anderson

Praise for the previous edition:

This is an ambitious book which takes a large subject and tackles it boldly...A stimulating book which spurs its readers to consider wide and difficult issues and deserves to be widely read.

International History Review
Praise for the previous edition:

This is an ambitious book which takes a large subject and tackles it boldly...A stimulating book which spurs its readers to consider wide and difficult issues and deserves to be widely read.
— M. S. Anderson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674002722
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2000
  • Edition description: Enlarged
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kaiser is an independent scholar.
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Table of Contents

Preface, 2000

Introduction

1. The General Crisis of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

The Nature of Early Modern Politics

The Spanish Imperial Experience

French Politics from the Wars of Religion to the Death of Mazarin

The Thirty Years' War

The English Civil War in European Perspective

The Failure of the State

2. The Age of Louis XIV

The Coming of a New Era

The France of Louis XIV

The Maritime Powers and the Hapsburg States

Smaller States during the Reign of Louis XlV

The Political Achievement of the Late Seventeenth Century

3. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era

The Enlightenment and European International Politics

Sources and Consequences of the Wars of the French Revolution

The Napoleonic Era

Rationalism and History

4. The Era of the Two World Wars

European Politics in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

European Imperialism and Economic Prosperity, 1880-1914

The Impact of Nationalism and the Outbreak of the First World War

The First World War

The Failure of Reconstruction, 1919-1933

Hitler and the Second World War

Extermination and Transfer: The Nationalities Question and the Second World War

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Conclusion

Afterword, 2000

Index

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