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The Origins of the First World War

3rd Edition

By James Joll, Gordon Martel


360 pages

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Paperback: 9780582423794
pub: 2006-10-05
Hardback: 9781138837492
pub: 2015-02-09

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James Joll's study is not simply another narrative, retracing the powder trail that was finally ignited at Sarajevo. It is an ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them. The importance of the theme, the breadth and sympathy of James Joll's scholarship, and the clarity of his exposition, have all contributed to the spectacular success of the book since its first appearance in 1984.

Revised by Gordon Martel, this new 3rd edition accommodates recent research and an expanded further reading section.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The July Crisis, 1914

3. The Alliance System and the Old Diplomacy

4. Militarism, Armaments and Strategy

5. The Primacy of Domestic Politics

6. The International Economu

7. Imperial Rivalries

8. The Mood of 1914

9. Conclusion

About the Authors

The late James Joll was Emeritus Professor of the University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Gordon Martel is Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is a leading historian of war and empire in the modern world.

About the Series

Origins Of Modern Wars

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General