An Improbable War?: The Outbreak of World War I and European Political Culture Before 1914

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Holger Afflerbach, David Stevenson
Berghahn Books, 2007 - 365 Seiten
The First World War has been described as the “primordial catastrophe of the twentieth century.” Arguably, Italian Fascism, German National Socialism and Soviet Leninism and Stalinism would not have emerged without the cultural and political shock of World War I. The question why this catastrophe happened therefore preoccupies historians to this day. The focus of this volume is not on the consequences, but rather on the connection between the Great War and the “long 19th century,” the short- and long-term causes of World War I. This approach results in the questioning of many received ideas about the war's causes, especially the notion of “inevitability.”
 

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Introduction
1
EUROPEAN STATESCRAFT AND THE QUESTION
15
CHAPTER
17
CHAPTER 2
43
CHAPTER 5
45
CHAPTER 3
61
CHAPTER 4
75
Chances and Limits of Armament Control I898I9I4
95
War Enthusiasm? Public Opinion and the Outbreak of War in 1914
200
Education for War Peace and Patriotism in Russia on the Eve
213
CHAPTER 13
227
The Politics of Satisfaction in PreWar Europe
233
International Solidarity in European and North American Protestantism
256
CHAPTER 15
271
THE PERSPECTIVE FROM AFAR THE OUTBREAK or WAR IN EUROPE
285
War and Peace in Europe around 1914
303

CHAPTER 6
113
CHAPTER 7
130
CHAPTER 8
149
HOPES AND FEARS OF WAR AND PEACE SUBJECTIVE EXPECTATIONS
159
CHAPTER 10
183
CHAPTER 18
320
Contributors
335
Selected Bibliography
341
Index of Names
361
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Holger Afflerbach specializes in 19th- and 20th- Century German history; international relations; military history, particularly World War I and World War II, as well as Austrian and Italian history and has written widely on these topics. Until recently DAAD Professor of History at Emory University, he now teaches at Leeds University.

David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specializes in the history of international relations in Europe since c.1900, with particular reference to the World War I. His recent publications include Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (Oxford 1996) and Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy (New York, 2004).

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