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Description - The Origins of World War I by Richard F. Hamilton

This work poses a straightforward - yet at the same time perplexing - question about World War I - Why did it happen? Several of the oft-cited causes are reviewed and discussed. The argument of the alliance systems is inadequate, lacking relevance or compelling force. The arguments of mass demands, those focusing on nationalism, militarism, and social Darwinism, it is argued, are insufficient, lacking indications of frequency, intensity, and process (how they influenced the various decisions). The work focuses on decision-making, on the choices made by small coteries, in Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, Britain, and elsewhere. The decisions made later by leaders in Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, the Balkans, and the United States are also explored. The final chapters review the 'basic causes' once again. An alternative position is advanced, one focused on elites and coteries, their backgrounds and training, and on their unique agendas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521817356
ISBN-10: 0521817358
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 35mm)
Pages: 552
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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