The Origins of the First World War

Front Cover
Pearson Longman, 2007 - History - 346 pages
5 Reviews

James Joll's study is not simply another narrative, retracing the powder trail that was finally ignited at Sarajevo. It is an ambitious and wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways in which historians have subsequently attempted to understand them. The importance of the theme, the breadth and sympathy of James Joll's scholarship, and the clarity of his exposition, have all contributed to the spectacular success of the book since its first appearance in 1984.

Revised by Gordon Martel, this new 3rd edition accommodates recent research and an expanded further reading section.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: The Origins of the First World War (Origins of Modern Wars)

User Review  - Ida Hagen - Goodreads

A little heavy, but it is in the end a good book that enlighten a lot of the different sides and decisions that lead to the first world war. It would have been better with more paragraphs. The writer also have a tendency to repeat himself, but I suppose that makes it stick :p Read full review

Review: The Origins of the First World War (Origins of Modern Wars)

User Review  - James Geddes - Goodreads

James Joll takes on the complexity of historical forces at work in Europe in 1914 and does an admirable job. Joll brings a clarity and sympathy to his writing that helps the reader gain some kind of grasp of WWI- a war of unspeakable carnage and horror. Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2007)

The late James Joll was Emeritus Professor of the University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Gordon Martel is Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is a leading historian of war and empire in the modern world.

Bibliographic information