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The Origins of the First World War

Controversies and Consensus, 1st Edition

By Annika Mombauer


266 pages

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The seminal event of the 20th century, the origins of the First World War have always been difficult to establish and have aroused deep controversy. Annika Mombauer tracks the impassioned debates as they developed at critical points through the twentieth century.

The book focuses on the controversy itself, rather than the specific events leading up to the war. Emotive and emotional from the very beginning of the conflict, the debate and the passions aroused in response to such issues as the ‘war-guilt paragraph’ of the treaty of Versailles, are set in the context of the times in which they were proposed. Similarly, the argument has been fuelled by concerns over the sacrifices that were made and the casualities that were suffered. Were they really justified?

Table of Contents


Part 1: The question of war guilt during the war at the Versailles peace negotiations

Part 2: Revisionist and anti- revisionists

Part 3: The origins of the war and the question of continuity in German History

Part 4: Post - Fischer consensus and continuing Debates




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HISTORY / General