The Outbreak of the First World War
Structure, Politics and Decision-Making
Edited by Jack S Levy and John A Vasquez
Published by Cambridge University Press www.cambridge.org
RRP $41.96 in paperback ISBN 9781107616028
Among the many books still on my review bookshelf, I thought this book might be of interest to current students of history.
We know the First World War had profound consequences both for the evolution of the international system and for domestic political systems, but how and why did the war start? Offering a unique interdisciplinary perspective, this volume brings together a distinguished group of diplomatic historians and international relations scholars to debate the causes of the war. Organised around several theoretically based questions, it shows how power, alliances, historical rivalries, militarism, nationalism, public opinion, internal politics, and powerful personalities shaped decision-making in each of the major countries in the lead up to war. The emphasis on the interplay of theory and history is a significant contribution to the dialogue between historians and political scientists, and will contribute to a better understanding of the war in both disciplines.