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Title An improbable war? : the outbreak of World War I and European political culture before 1914 / edited by Holger Afflerbach and David Stevenson
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2007
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Contents pt. I. European statescraft and the question of war and peace before 1914. Stealing horses to great applause : Austria-Hungary's decision in 1914 in systemic perspective / Paul Schroeder ; Did norms matter in nineteenth century international relations? Progress and decline in the 'culture of peace' before World War I / Matthias Schulz ; Aggressive and defensive aims of political elites? Austro-Hungarian policy in 1914 / Samuel Williamson Jr. ; The curious case of the Kaiser's disappearing war guilt : Wilhelm II in July 1914 / John Röhl -- pt. II. The military situation before 1914 : Europe between hot and cold war. Chances and limits of armament control 1898-1914 / Jost Dülffer ; Was a peaceful outcome thinkable? The naval race before 1914 / Michael Epkenhans ; Was a peaceful solution thinkable? The European land armaments race before 1914 / David Stevenson ; The German and Austro-Hungarian general staffs and their reflections on an "impossible" war / Gunther Kronenbitter -- pt. III. Hopes and fears of war and peace : subjective expectations and unspoken assumptions in European societies before 1914. The topos of improbable war in Europe before 1914 / Holger Afflerbach ; Unfought war : the effect of détente before World War I / Friedrich Kiessling ; "War enthusiasm?" Public opinion and the outbreak of war in 1914 / Roger Chickering ; Education for war, peace, and patriotism in Russia on the eve of World War I / Joshua A. Sanborn -- pt. IV. Culture, gender, religiosity and the coming of war. Honor, gender and power : the politics of satisfaction in pre-war Europe / Ute Frevert ; International solidarity in European and North American protestantism before 1914 and after / Hartmut Lehmann ; International relations, arts, and culture before 1914 / Jessica Gienow-Hecht -- pt. V. The perspective from afar : the outbreak of war in Europe in the eyes of other continents. War as the savior? Hopes for war and peace in Ottoman politics before 1914 / Mustafa Aksakal ; The view from Japan : war and peace in Europe around 1914 / Frederick Dickinson ; War, peace and commerce : the American reaction to the outbreak of World War I in Europe / Fraser Harbutt
Summary 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
Notes Revisions of papers from a conference held Oct. 2004 at Emory University in Atlanta
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes -- Congresses.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1871-1918 -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Kongress
Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Afflerbach, Holger.
Stevenson, D. (David), 1954-
ISBN 0857455966 (electronic bk.)
1306689910 (ebk)
9780857455963 (electronic bk.)
9781306689915 (ebk)