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The Russian Origins of the First World War

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The catastrophe of the First World War, and the destruction, revolution, and enduring hostilities it wrought, make the issue of its origins a perennial puzzle. Since World War II, Germany has been viewed as the primary culprit. Now, in a major reinterpretation of the conflict, Sean McMeekin rejects the standard notions of the war's beginning as either a Germano-Austrian preemptive strike or a "tragedy of miscalculation." Instead, he proposes that the key to the outbreak of violence lies in St. Petersburg.

It was Russian statesmen who unleashed the war through conscious policy decisions based on imperial ambitions in the Near East. Unlike their civilian counterparts in Berlin, who would have preferred to localize the Austro-Serbian conflict, Russian leaders desired a more general war so long as British participation was assured. The war of 1914 was launched at a propitious moment for harnessing the might of Britain and France to neutralize the German threat to Russia's goal: partitioning the Ottoman Empire to ensure control of the Straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

Nearly a century has passed since the guns fell silent on the western front. But in the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, World War I smolders still. Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and Jews, and other regional antagonists continue fighting over the last scraps of the Ottoman inheritance. As we seek to make sense of these conflicts, McMeekin's powerful exposé of Russia's aims in the First World War will illuminate our understanding of the twentieth century.

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In a major reinterpretation, Sean McMeekin rejects the standard notion of the war's beginning as either a Germano-Austrian pre-emptive strike or a miscalculation. The key to the outbreak of violence, he argues, lies in St. Petersburg. Russian statesmen unleashed the war through policy decisions based on imperial ambitions in the Near East.

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The submarine was one of the most revolutionary weapons of World War I, inciting both terror and fascination for militaries and civilians alike. During the war, after U-boats sank the Lusitania and began daring attacks on shipping vessels off the East Coast, the American press dubbed these weapons and#8220;Hun Devil Boats,and#8221; and#8220;Sea Thugs,and#8221; and and#8220;Baby Killers.and#8221; But at the conflictand#8217;s conclusion, the U.S. Navy acquired six U-boats to study and to serve as war souvenirs. Until their destruction under armistice terms in 1921, these six U-boats served as U.S. Navy ships, manned by American crews. The ships visited eighty American cities to promote the sale of victory bonds and to recruit sailors, allowing hundreds of thousands of Americans to see up close the weapon that had so captured the publicand#8217;s imagination.

In Americaand#8217;s U-Boats Chris Dubbs examines the legacy of submarine warfare in the American imagination. Combining nautical adventure, military history, and underwater archaeology, Dubbs shares the previously untold story of German submarines and their impact on American culture and reveals their legacy and Americansand#8217; attitudes toward this new wonder weapon.

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Honorable Mention, 2012 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

About the Author

Sean McMeekin is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Turkey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674062108
Author:
Mcmeekin, Sean
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
McMeekin, Sean
Author:
Dubbs, Chris
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
History-Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Militar
Publication Date:
20111130
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 halftones, 10 maps
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 224 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674062108 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a major reinterpretation, Sean McMeekin rejects the standard notion of the war's beginning as either a Germano-Austrian pre-emptive strike or a miscalculation. The key to the outbreak of violence, he argues, lies in St. Petersburg. Russian statesmen unleashed the war through policy decisions based on imperial ambitions in the Near East.
"Synopsis" by ,

The submarine was one of the most revolutionary weapons of World War I, inciting both terror and fascination for militaries and civilians alike. During the war, after U-boats sank the Lusitania and began daring attacks on shipping vessels off the East Coast, the American press dubbed these weapons and#8220;Hun Devil Boats,and#8221; and#8220;Sea Thugs,and#8221; and and#8220;Baby Killers.and#8221; But at the conflictand#8217;s conclusion, the U.S. Navy acquired six U-boats to study and to serve as war souvenirs. Until their destruction under armistice terms in 1921, these six U-boats served as U.S. Navy ships, manned by American crews. The ships visited eighty American cities to promote the sale of victory bonds and to recruit sailors, allowing hundreds of thousands of Americans to see up close the weapon that had so captured the publicand#8217;s imagination.

In Americaand#8217;s U-Boats Chris Dubbs examines the legacy of submarine warfare in the American imagination. Combining nautical adventure, military history, and underwater archaeology, Dubbs shares the previously untold story of German submarines and their impact on American culture and reveals their legacy and Americansand#8217; attitudes toward this new wonder weapon.

"Synopsis" by , Honorable Mention, 2012 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
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