Appropriate for courses in Western civilization surveys, modern Europe, and twentieth-century Europe, this text examines in detail the origins of the first world war. An ideal supplementary text, it is concise, readable, and offers a combination of traditional and diplomatic history with the historical controversy of the origin of the First World War. Thoroughly revised anAppropriate for courses in Western civilization surveys, modern Europe, and twentieth-century Europe, this text examines in detail the origins of the first world war. An ideal supplementary text, it is concise, readable, and offers a combination of traditional and diplomatic history with the historical controversy of the origin of the First World War. Thoroughly revised and accessible, the second edition represents a most up-to-date treatment available on this topic. Features: * Deals with the conduct of European diplomacy between 1871 and 1914. * Examines the pivotal event that prompted the war and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife at Sarajevo. * Details the conduct of European diplomacy in the five summer weeks that passed between Sarajevo and the opening shot or the war. New to this edition: * Incorporates current scholarship to update the interpretation of the causes of World War I and presents revised coverage of the question of national responsibility, the role of public opinion, the problematic alliance system, and the breakdown of diplomacy. * Focuses on the key importance of the first world war in revolutionizing European history and society....
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Rarely do I rank books with 5 stars - and if I do it is usually something entertaining (fiction) or something in my field (organized crime). Until I read this book after picking it up for free from a library discard pile, I had little interest in WWI. I have rarely found a non-fiction book to be such a page-turner.Intellectually, this book was amazing. The writing was clear and concise. There was no overly academic tone that bored me to sleep. Each chapter had some sections. The author dutifully kept most subsections 5-10 pages. There are convenient stopping places. The author takes the unusual step of not advancing a thesis. For him, the origins of WWI are too varied to blame anyone. Indeed, he does not even blame Gavrilo Princip for shooting Franz Ferdinand. His masterful conclusion sums up everything when he lays out seemingly equal blame for the war on Princip, Austria, France, even Bulgaria, and chance. Sheer dumb luck. Until I read this book I did not realize that a bomb was thrown at Ferdinand's car the same day he was shot. Ferdinand actually smacked it away so that it blew up harmlessly in the street. Afterwards it was decided to change the travel route; but no one told the driver of the car. Princip thought the plot failed when the bomb failed to injure them. He was walking home. He happened to be at the right spot when Ferdinand's driver was following the original path when ordered to stop and change his course. In that instant, Princip had a perfect shot. Otherwise, Remak brilliantly shows the shifting alliances among Europe from 1871-1914. How some powers were left without friends; and how that quickly changed. He showed many instances where war almost became inevitable, but never materialized. Finally, he explored other arguments such as economical rivalry between Germany and Britain; imperial rivalry between Russia and France; and the powder keg of petty wars and diplomacy in the Balkins. The only criticism to make is a stark absence of citations. The only bias is that there are a few spots where he speaks out against Communist interpretations of the war. Indeed, one of the very few references in the book is a citation arguing that businessmen were against war. Certainly a counter argument is easy to develop. All in all, I have a much greater appreciation for diplomacy, writing, history, and academe from reading this book. WWI was not a simple matter of Austria vs. Serbia; but a much greater series of diplomatic blunders.
Outstanding survey of the myriad events and conditions that resulted in the outbreak of World War I. Remak, orginally writing in 1967, clearly and dispassionately examines the European Alliance System, the increase in militarism, the colonial race, nationalism, and others separately and how they intersected. His tone is exploratory as he examines each topic and places it in context of the times and shows how it connects to the start of World War I. Remak does a ver good job of showing why the war was not inevitable but came down to choices of statemen and generals who piloted their nations to disaster. His examination of militarism in the forms of an unprecedented arms race following the Franco-Prussian War and the supremacy of military operational decision-making at the expense of political necessity is worth the time of reading this short book (less than 150 pages).
Remak brings together a lot of fascinating arguments surrounding possible causes of the Great War. His study begins during the alliances drawn up in the 1870s and ends with the July Crisis. His thesis is a little murky as he proposes valid conclusions but refutes them in subsequent paragraphs. At first this was confusing but it adds to his message concerning the difficulties in focusing on a singular cause of the World War I. He also addresses historiography and his treatment of Germany challenges popular stereotypes surrounding "her" role in the plunge into war. This was a quick and interesting read.
The causes of WWI are muddy, but this book makes them as clear as possible. Not an easy read because of all the many names that must be remembered. Nevertheless, a great source for coming to some sort of understanding of how an assassination in Bosnia could trigger a worldwide conflagration. Especially relevant right now as a movie with terrible production values, a movie that might not even exist, is triggering violent protests and deaths around the world. Peggy Noonan recently compared the maker of that movie to Princip, the assassin of Austrian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. Not a bad comparison at all.
I've had this book for a long time, and my copy is from the original copyright of 1967. I've been trying to make sense of World War I for a while now, and given its short length, this is the most concise, easy to understand explanation of the many factors that led to the war. An excellent, relatively quick read that may not go into detail much, but clearly outlines all of the little conflicts that grew into a tinderbox waiting for a match, which turned out to be the assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
This is an excellent book. It is only 150 pages but covers the information in great detail without wasting words. It is so clear and concise and presents the information in a form that anyone can understand. It is about as good a book on this subject that I have seen.