The Failure to Prevent World War I: The Unexpected Armageddon

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2015 - History - 276 pages
This book refines and expands points made in the author’s earlier work on the failure to prevent World War I. It provides an alternative viewpoint to the thesis of Paul Kennedy, Fritz Fischer, among others, as to the war's long-term origins. By starting its analysis with the causes and consequences of the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian war, the study systematically explores the key geo-strategic, political-economic and socio-cultural-ideological disputes between France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, the United States and Great Britain, the nature of their foreign policy goals, alliance formations, arms rivalries, as well as the dynamics of the diplomatic process, so as to better explain the deeper roots of the war.
 

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Contents

The InsecuritySecurity Dialectic and the Unexpected
11
Origins of the FrancoPrussian War
39
Global Consequences of the FrancoPrussian War
53
British Intervention in Egypt and the Threat of a Continental
65
Bismarcks Strategy and AngloGerman Alliance Talks
75
The Failure of Caprivis New Course
83
Fissures within the Continental Alliance
107
The Failure of AngloGerman Alliance Talks
121
Britains Quest for New Allies
139
The AngloGerman Détente and Eurasian Conflicts
169
The Question of AlsaceLorraine
191
Stumbling into Armageddon
199
The Failure to Prevent World War I
229
Selected Bibliography
253
Index
267
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Hall Gardner is Professor and Chair of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris. He received his PhD in 1987 at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC. He is a member of the World Association of International Studies, Stanford University and is on the Advisory Boards of the New Policy Forum (Mikhail Gorbachev); Cicero Foundation: Paris/ Maastricht; Journal, Géostratégiques; Online Bibliography, Oxford University Press.

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