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9780521568616

The Origins of the First and Second World Wars

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521568616

  • ISBN10:

    0521568617

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-08-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

The two world wars of the twentieth century never cease to arouse emotion, capture the public imagination and provoke lively historical debate. This new theme text, which is part of the Cambridge Perspectives in History series for advanced level students and first-year undergraduates, analyses the origins of the First and Second World Wars in a single volume.In concise, readable chapters, Frank McDonough surveys the key issues surrounding the causes of both wars. He offers an original and critical survey of the conflict of opinion between historians and provides a lively selection of primary documents, including original sources, to support coverage of the major issues. The result is a unique perspective on the origins of the two most devastating military conflicts in world history.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(2)
1 The origins of the First World War, 1871-1914
3(21)
The rise of Germany
3(3)
The impact of imperialism
6(2)
Kaiser Wilhelm, German world policy and German aims
8(2)
The drift towards alliances
10(3)
The Balkan Crisis, 1912-14
13(2)
1914: the July Crisis and decisions for war
15(4)
Document case study
19(5)
2 The historians and the origins of the First World War
24(19)
War guilt: the changing debate
24(1)
Germany and the origins of war: Fritz Fischer and his critics
25(8)
The nature of the international system: alliances and diplomacy
33(1)
War by timetable? Militarism, armaments and war plans
33(2)
Nationalism
35(1)
An imperialist war? Marxist and economic explanations
36(7)
3 The origins of the Second World War: 1 War and the fragile peace, 1914-33
43(26)
The ordeal of war, 1914-18
43(3)
The Paris Peace Settlement and its consequences
46(8)
The League of Nations and the limits of international co-operation, 1919-33
54(1)
The 'German problem' during the 1920s
55(6)
The Great Depression and its consequences
61(4)
Document case study
65(4)
4 The origins of the Second World War: 2 From peace to global war, 1933-41
69(21)
The impact of Hitler
69(2)
The collapse of the League of Nations, 1935-37
71(2)
Neville Chamberlain, appeasement and the road to Munich, 1937-38
73(5)
The road to global war, 1938-41
78(5)
Document case study
83(7)
5 The historians and the origins of the Second World War
90(26)
The changing debate
90(1)
The Hitler factor
91(3)
The role of Neville Chamberlain and appeasement
94(2)
French foreign policy and the coming of war
96(1)
Mussolini's role in the origins of the Second World War
97(2)
The Soviet Union and the origins of the Second World War
99(3)
The Paris Peace Settlement and its consequences
102(1)
Economic interpretations
103(2)
The role of ideology
105(2)
The debate over the origins of the Asian-Pacific conflict
107(9)
Select bibliography 116(2)
Chronology 118(4)
Index 122

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