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Germany and the causes of the First : Legacy of the Great War - Mark Hewitson

Germany and the causes of the First

Legacy of the Great War

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How can we understand what caused World War I? What role did Germany play? This book encourages us to re-think the events that led to global conflict in 1914.Historians in recent years have argued that German leaders acted defensively or pre-emptively in 1914, conscious of the Reich's deteriorating military and diplomatic position. Germany and the Causes of the First World War challenges such interpretations, placing new emphasis on the idea that the Reich Chancellor, the German Foreign Office and the Great General Staff were confident that they could win a continental war. This belief in Germany's superiority derived primarily from an assumption of French decline and Russian weakness throughout the period between the turn of the century and the eve of the First World War. Accordingly, Wilhelmine policy-makers pursued offensive policies - at the risk of war at important junctures during the 1900s and 1910s. The author analyses the stereotyping of enemy states, representations of war in peacetime, and conceptualizations of international relations. He uncovers the complex role of ruling elites, political parties, big business and the press, and contends that the decade before the First World War witnessed some critical changes in German foreign policy. By the time of the July crisis of 1914, for example, the perception of enemies had altered, with Russia - the traditional bugbear of the German centre and left - becoming the principal opponent of the Reich. Under these changed conditions, German leaders could now pursue their strategy of brinkmanship, using war as an instrument of policy, to its logical conclusion.

'We should be extremely grateful to Mark Hewitson for providing such an expertly judicious, admirably lucid guide to the variety of explanatory contexts intersecting in the final crisis that produced Germany's entry into the First World War.' Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, in EHR (April 2006) 'His work is a valuable contribution to the field, for it always treats issues exhaustively covered elsewhere from a slightly different angle that makes them appear different than they had before.' H-German 'We should be extremely grateful to Mark Hewitson for providing such an expertly judicious, admirably lucid guide to the variety of explanatory contexts intersecting in the final crisis that produced Germany's entry into the First World War.' English Historical Review 'This book is clearly written and cleanly organized.' Arden Bucholz, German Studies Review

Historiographical Debates
The Economics of War
Images of the Enemy
Popular War?
Representations of War
Strategy and War
Theories of International Relations
Diplomacy and War The July Crisis
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9781859738658
ISBN-10: 1859738656
Series: Legacy of the Great War
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1