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The Origins of the First World War

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

‘Gordon Martel has done the impossible: he has madeJames Joll’s The Origins of the First World War once more the premier study on why war came in 1914…Martel has not simply updated Joll’s contribution but enhanced and improved it… A triumph of both scholarship and editorial talent; James Joll would have been pleased.’

Samuel R. Williamson Jr., University of the South.

‘Probably the best comprehensive history of the origins of World War I available in the English language… Gordon Martel’s [revision] will make certain that the book's deep insights will continue to captivate and inspire future generations of students and others interested in…the Great War.’

Volker Berghahn, ColumbiaUniversity.

Of the Second Edition:

'This succinct and, above all, admirably clear volume...will be essential reading for all students of the subject… It is written with lightness of touch and an eye for the telling anecdote that will commend it to the general reader too.' 

British Book News

‘...this scholarly, comprehensive and subtle analysis should be made compulsory reading for all students of the period and, most of all, for the decision-makers of today.’

John F V Keiger, History

 

James Joll was one of the 20th century’s most eminent historians of international history. In this now classic text he produced a careful, clear and concise evaluation of the multitude of explanations that had been advanced to explain the causes of one of the most significant events in modern history.

 

In this new edition Gordon Martel has seamlessly weaved into the original text the enormous amount of new research on the subject that has been conducted by historians over the past twenty years. New arguments and the new debates that this research have generated have been integrated, and the bibliography expanded and updated.

 

The Origins of the First World War is an ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europeof 1914, and the very different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them.

 

The late James Joll was Emeritus Professor of the University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Gordon Martel is Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is a leading historian of war and empire in the modern world.

 

Synopsis:

An analysis of the origins of World War I. The text reviews the historiographical debate that has grown up around the subject and illuminates not only the crisis of July-August 1914 but also the different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them.

Synopsis:

Although there are many narratives relating to this subject, the unique ambition and depth of this book make it a spectacular success.

  • Revised and updated to incorporate the latest scholarship. 
  • The interest in World War One remains widespread.
  • Global focus - incorporates a wider geographical scope in order to make it less Euro-centric.

 

Synopsis:

¿...a short and masterly book.¿

Douglas Johnson, New Society

¿...this scholarly, comprehensive and subtle analysis should be made compulsory reading for all students of the period and, most of all, for the decision-makers of today.¿

John F V Keiger, History

¿This succinct and, above all, admirably clear volume...will be essential reading for all students of the subject, from the sixth form onwards. It is written with a lightness of touch and an eye for the telling anecdote that will commend it to the general reader, too.¿

F R Bridge, British Book News

¿...it will not provide (readers) with an easy one-sentence answer to the question ¿What caused the Great War?¿ But after reading it, they should have a better sense of the intricate web of history and of the dangers of producing simple answers to complex issues...¿

Paul Kennedy, New York Review of Books

Published in Harry Hearder¿s acclaimed ¿Origins of Modern Wars¿ Series, James Joll¿s justly-celebrated and best-selling study is not simply another narrative, retracing the powder trail that was finally ignited at Sarajevo. It is an ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them.

In this Second Edition, first published in 1992, Professor Joll returned to the text and revised it in the light of recent research. Its most notable new features are the substantial additional material on Italy and the war, and the reworking of the bibliography.

About the Author

The late James Joll was Emeritus Professor of the University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Gordon Martel is Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is a leading historian of war and empire in the modern world.

 

Table of Contents

1.Introduction. 2.The July crisis, 1914. 3.The alliance system and the old diplomacy 4.Militarism, armaments and strategy. 5.The primacy of domestic politics 6.The international economy. 7.Imperial rivalries. 8.The mood of 1914. 9.Conclusion. Further Reading. Maps. Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780582418660
Publisher:
Pearson
Location:
Harlow, England
Author:
Joll
Author:
Joll, James
Author:
Martel, Gordon
Subject:
General
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Silver Library
Series Volume:
106-679
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 354 gr

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » World War I » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » 20th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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"Synopsis" by , An analysis of the origins of World War I. The text reviews the historiographical debate that has grown up around the subject and illuminates not only the crisis of July-August 1914 but also the different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them.
"Synopsis" by , Although there are many narratives relating to this subject, the unique ambition and depth of this book make it a spectacular success.

  • Revised and updated to incorporate the latest scholarship. 
  • The interest in World War One remains widespread.
  • Global focus - incorporates a wider geographical scope in order to make it less Euro-centric.

 

"Synopsis" by , ¿...a short and masterly book.¿

Douglas Johnson, New Society

¿...this scholarly, comprehensive and subtle analysis should be made compulsory reading for all students of the period and, most of all, for the decision-makers of today.¿

John F V Keiger, History

¿This succinct and, above all, admirably clear volume...will be essential reading for all students of the subject, from the sixth form onwards. It is written with a lightness of touch and an eye for the telling anecdote that will commend it to the general reader, too.¿

F R Bridge, British Book News

¿...it will not provide (readers) with an easy one-sentence answer to the question ¿What caused the Great War?¿ But after reading it, they should have a better sense of the intricate web of history and of the dangers of producing simple answers to complex issues...¿

Paul Kennedy, New York Review of Books

Published in Harry Hearder¿s acclaimed ¿Origins of Modern Wars¿ Series, James Joll¿s justly-celebrated and best-selling study is not simply another narrative, retracing the powder trail that was finally ignited at Sarajevo. It is an ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them.

In this Second Edition, first published in 1992, Professor Joll returned to the text and revised it in the light of recent research. Its most notable new features are the substantial additional material on Italy and the war, and the reworking of the bibliography.

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