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Mulligan, William, 1975-
The origins of the First World War / William Mulligan
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2010
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 3rd Floor  D511 .M85 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes
Physical Description viii, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-249) and index
Contents Security and expansion : the great powers and geopolitics, 1871-1914 -- The military, war, and international politics -- Public opinion and international relations -- The world economy and international politics before 1914 -- The July crisis -- Conclusion
Summary Providing a new interpretation of the origins of the First World War, this textbook synthesises recent scholarship and introduces the major historiographical and political debates surrounding the outbreak of the war. The author argues that the war was a far from inevitable outcome of international politics in the early twentieth century and suggests instead that there were powerful forces operating in favour of the maintenance of peace. His fresh perspective on the pre-war international system takes account of new approaches to the study of international politics since the end of the Cold War and the acceleration of globalisation. Thematic chapters examine key issues, including the military, public opinion, economics, diplomacy and geopolitics, and analyse relations between the great powers, the role of smaller states, the disintegrating empires and the July crisis. This account revises our understanding of diplomacy, political culture, and economic history from 1870 to 1914
Series New approaches to European history

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