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The origins of the First World War : controversies and consensus

Author: Annika Mombauer
Publisher: Harlow, Eng. ; New York : Longman, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Opening with an overview of the events that led to the outbreak of war in 1914, followed by an analysis highlighting the debate during and immediately after the war, the author also covers: the reactions to the Treaty of Versailles, both in Europe and in the USA; the new consensus following the Second World War; and the challenges posed to that new orthodoxy by Fritz Fischer and his theses. Mombauer brings the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annika Mombauer
ISBN: 0582418720 9780582418721
OCLC Number: 48570433
Description: vi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: European alliances before the First World War --
German territorial losses following the Treaty of Versailles --
Long- and short-term causes of the First World War --
The July Crisis and the outbreak of war --
The Question of War Guilt during the War and at the Versailles Peace Negotiations --
The beginning of the debate on the war's origins --
The Versailles war guilt allegation --
The German 'innocence campaign' --
Official document collections --
Revisionists and Anti-Revisionists --
The German quest for a revision of Versailles --
American revisionists --
European revisionists --
Anti-revisionists --
The comfortable consensus of the 1930s --
The Origins of the War and the Question of Continuity in German History --
The debate after the Second World War: towards a comfortable consensus --
Fritz Fischer's new challenges to an old consensus --
Fritz Fischer and his critics --
Support for Fischer's conclusions --
New consensus and new debate: Fischer's War of Illusions --
The search for new evidence --
The end of the Fischer decade --
Post-Fischer Consensus and Continuing Debates --
Nuances in the debate in the wake of the Fischer controversy --
Assessing the role of the other belligerent powers in 1914 --
The debate at the end of the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Annika Mombauer.
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The origins of the First World War have always been difficult to establish and have aroused deep controversy. Tracking the debates as they developed at critical points through the twentieth century  Read more...

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