Struggles for Supremacy: Diplomatic Essays by A. J. P. Taylor

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A. J. P. Taylor (1906-90), one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century, initially established his reputation by his work in diplomatic history. This included his magisterial The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918 (1954) and The Origins of the Second World War (1961), both of which have remained in print." "This collection brings together a rich selection of his essays and reviews in international history, only one of which (on Trieste) has been reprinted before. The collection includes many examples of his most lively writing, often controversial, yet usually full of insight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146615
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A World Restored, 1812-22 17
2 The Crimean War: A Triumph of Muddle 20
3 European Mediation and the Agreement of Villafranca, 1859 23
4 The Struggle of Supremacy in Germany, 1859-66 51
5 International Relations, 1870-98 68
6 The Western Question 94
7 Uneasy Splendour: The British Empire at the Start of the Twentieth Century 101
8 Joseph Chamberlain 110
9 Entente Cordiale: Great Britain and France, 1898-1904 113
10 Farce before Tragedy: Agadir, 1911 121
11 Admiral Fisher: A Great Man? 124
12 The Last Tsars 126
13 Lament for Imperial Vienna 128
14 War by Time-Table 131
15 War Weariness and Peace Overtures 139
16 Lenin: October and After 151
17 The Secrets of Diplomacy 161
18 The Supreme Council, 1919 168
19 The Hole in the Tub 171
20 The Groundwork of History 174
21 German Policy, 1937-38 179
22 Appeasement: German Version 185
23 More Light on Munich 188
24 1938: A German Version 191
25 Dragons' Teeth 198
26 Documents 202
27 The Morning After 203
28 Franco's Friends 205
29 The Moment of Decision 208
30 The Phoney War 211
31 Raw Meat 213
32 After Versailles 216
33 Collapse of Versailles: The Moment of Crisis 218
34 How Hitler Went to War: The German Record 222
35 Feebler and Feebler 225
36 Out of the Diplomatic Bag 227
37 Foreign Relations 230
38 Lloyd George in Action 232
39 Some Awkward Questions 234
40 Conflict at Versailles - and After 235
41 Germany's Breakthrough 237
42 American Foreign Policy 243
43 Roosevelt and the War 245
44 The Revision of Treaties: 1830 and 1938 248
45 Munich Examined: Mr. Wheeler-Bennett's History 251
46 Munich Again 255
47 How the War Began: An Essay in Diplomatic History 256
48 Diplomatic Supplement 259
49 Old Tunes 261
50 After Appeasement 265
51 Munich Twenty Years After: Appeasement - with the Wrong Man 268
52 Soviet Policy and Czechoslovakia 272
53 The Myths of Munich 276
54 Europe, 1939: The Negotiations with Russia 281
55 The False Alliance 284
56 The Outbreak of War 293
57 1939 Revisited 300
58 Old Foreign Office Tie 314
59 How Germany Lost the War 317
60 Potsdam: The Seeds of Cold War 321
61 Trieste 324
62 Czechoslovakia Today (July 1946) 347
63 German Riddles 356
64 Heartland 360
65 No Sanctity of Contract between Nations? 362
66 How Near is World War III? Dangers of a Power Balance 369
67 War and Peace 372
Index 383
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