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:
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.
"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
List of figures
PART ONE ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT
1 THE PROBLEM
The Outbreak of War
2 THE GREAT POWERS TO 1900
The Triple Alliance
The Dual Alliance
3 THE EUROPEAN CRISIS
The Diplomatic Revolution
The Vortex of South-eastern Europe
The July Crisis
PART TWO DOCUMENTS
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 Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.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