Peace, War and the European Powers, 1814-1914
The causes of war have tended to attract more attention than the causes of peace, yet the two are intimately related. Indeed there was much talk of war during the unprecedentedly long periods of peace between the European great powers in the years 1815-1854 and again in 1871-1914, the Near Eastern crises of 1878 and 1887-8 being only two of the more notable examples. In the case of the latter, there occurred a spell of fatalistic and belligerent talk in both Berlin and Vienna which in many ways anticipated that which gripped those capitals by 1914. This valuable book will be welcomed by anyone wishing to understand the nature of European state relations in the nineteenth century. Professor Bartlett examines why major wars did happen and did not happen, with particular attention being paid to the events of 1914.
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A general survey of Europe during the century after the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the eve of the First World War. A good read for a survey work, covering the major events & the powers that ... Read full review