Origins of the First World War: 4th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Origins of the First World War

4th Edition

By Gordon Martel

Routledge

188 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138928657
pub: 2016-10-18
$42.95
x
Hardback: 9781138928640
pub: 2016-10-18
$165.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315543468
pub: 2016-10-04
from $21.48


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

Origins of the First World War summarizes the policies, issues and crises that brought Europe to war in 1914. Examining the strategic and political problems that confronted each of the great powers and the way in which social and economic factors influenced the decision-making process, Martel discusses the position of each power and their place in the system of alliances which dominated international politics.

The fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout to incorporate the body of new scholarship that has appeared since the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of war. In a clear and accessible manner, it explains:

  • how and why the alliance system was created
  • how alliances led to a network of complicated strategic commitments
  • how an escalating series of international crises from the turn of the century fuelled preparations for war
  • why the peculiarities of the Balkan situation are essential in understanding the outbreak of war in 1914.

This book also includes an updated Guide to Further Reading, Who’s Who of important figures and Glossary of key terms, and the selection of documents has been expanded to include the key treaties as well as evidence of popular militarism and nationalism. Concise, accessible and analytical, it is essential introductory reading for all students interested in the origins of the First World War.

Reviews

"Martel has produced an excellent book; it is well-written, concise and balanced. His clear prose as well as the useful selection documents make difficult and still controversial historical events comprehensible to students and general readers alike. This is probably still the best introduction to the question of why peace failed in 1914."

David Kaufman, University of Edinburgh, UK

"Martel’s book, now in its fourth edition, was written with undergraduate readers in mind. Brief, eminently readable, well-researched, and laced with primary source documents, it serves as the perfect springboard for enhanced classroom discussions and student papers."

Stewart Anderson, Brigham Young University, USA

Table of Contents

List of figures

Maps

Chronology

Who’s Who

PART ONE ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT

1 THE PROBLEM

The Outbreak of War

Explaining Causes

2 THE GREAT POWERS TO 1900

The Triple Alliance

The Dual Alliance

Great Britain

3 THE EUROPEAN CRISIS

The Diplomatic Revolution

The Vortex of South-eastern Europe

The July Crisis

4 ASSESSMENT

PART TWO DOCUMENTS

GLOSSARY

FURTHER READING

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Author

Gordon Martel is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Victoria. He is a leading authority on war, empire and diplomacy, and his publications include studies on the origins of modern wars, imperialism and diplomacy. A founding editor of The International History Review, he is also Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of War and the Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. His most recent book is The Month that Changed the World: July 1914.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @ open.ac.uk

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @ unbc.ca

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS027090
HISTORY / Military / World War I