The origins of World War I / edited by Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig.
Contributor(s): Hamilton, Richard F | Herwig, Holger H.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003Description: xiii, 537 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521817358; 9780521817356.Other title: Origins of World War 1 | Origins of World War One.Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes | World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history | World War, 1914-1918 -- HistoriographyDDC classification: 940.3/11 Other classification: 15.70
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 525-531) and index.
World wars: definition and causes / Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig -- The European wars: 1815-1914 / Richard F. Hamilton -- Serbia / Richard C. Hall -- Austria-Hungary / Graydon A. Tunstall, Jr. -- Germany / Holger H. Herwig -- Russia / David Alan Rich -- France / Eugenia C. Kiesling -- Great Britain / J. Paul Harris -- Japan / Frederick R. Dickinson -- The Ottoman Empire / Ulrich Trumpener -- Italy / Richard F. Hamilton, Holger H. Herwig -- Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece / Richard C. Hall -- The United States / John Milton Cooper, Jr. -- Why did it happen? / Holger H. Herwig -- On the origins of the catastrophe / Richard F. Hamilton -- Appendix A: Chronology, 1914 / Geoffrey P. Megargee -- Appendix B: Dramatis Personae -- Appendix C: Suggested readings.
"This work poses an easy but perplexing question about World War I: Why did it happen? Several of the oft-cited causes are reviewed and discussed. The argument of the alliance systems is inadequate, lacking relevance or compelling force. The argument of an accident (or "slide") is also inadequate, given the clear and unambiguous evidence of intentions. The arguments of mass demands, those focusing on nationalism, militarism, and social Darwinism, it is argued, are insufficient, lacking indications of frequency, intensity, and process (how they influenced the various decisions)." "The work focuses on decision making, on the choices made by small coteries, in Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, Britain, and elsewhere. The decisions made later by leaders in Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, the Balkans, and the United States are also explored."--BOOK JACKET.