By Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig
You want to recognize much approximately nineteenth century ecu historical past to appreciate how the 1st global struggle may ensue, and this ebook takes that strategy, supplying proper heritage details on all of the significant international locations concerned. It does not speak about the precipitating occasions, starting with Ferdinand's assasination, except references within the discussions of the key powers' decisionmaking within the few weeks previous the battle. yet whether you're not accustomed to those (for a up to date certain dialogue, see David Fromkin, Europe's final summer season: Why the realm Went to conflict in 1914 (2004)), you're beginning right here. i've got no self sustaining wisdom of the skills of the eleven authors, yet they deal with the fabric optimistically and supply wide notes. (Many of the footnoted references are in non-English languages, however the finish of the booklet comprises references in English orgainized via country.)
Other fresh sturdy books at the origins or the struggle itself are Annika Mombauer, Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the 1st global struggle (2001); David Stevenson, Cataclysm: the 1st international battle as Political process (2005); and Robert Doughty, Pyrrhic Victory: French process and Operations within the nice warfare (2005). A comparable paintings, good defined through its name, is Roland N. Stromberg, Redemption via warfare: The Intellectuals and 1914 (1982).