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Arming of Europe and Making of the First World War

Arming of Europe and Making of the First World War - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691015958

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ISBN10: 0691015953
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1996
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Arming of Europe and Making of the First World War - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691015958

David G. Herrmann

ISBN13: 978-0691015958
ISBN10: 0691015953
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

David Herrmann's work is the most complete study to date of how landbased military power influenced international affairs during the series of diplomatic crises that led up to the First World War. Instead of emphasizing the naval arms race, which has been extensively studied before, Herrmann draws on documentary research in military and state archives in Germany, France, Austria, England, and Italy to show the previously unexplored effects of changes in the strength of the European armies during this period. Herrmann's work provides not only a contribution to debates about the causes of the war but also an account of how the European armies adopted the new weaponry of the twentieth century in the decade before 1914, including quickfiring artillery, machine guns, motor transport, and aircraft. In a narrative account that runs from the beginning of a series of international crises in 1904 until the outbreak of the war, Herrmann points to changes in the balance of military power to explain why the war began in 1914, instead of at some other time. Russia was incapable of waging a European war in the aftermath of its defeat at the hands of Japan in 19045, but in 1912, when Russia appeared to be regaining its capacity to fight, an unprecedented landarmaments race began. Consequently, when the July crisis of 1914 developed, the atmosphere of military competition made war a far more likely outcome than it would have been a decade earlier.

Author Bio

Herrmann, David G. : Tulane University

David G. Herrmann is Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction

Ch. 1 The European Armies in 1904
Ch. 2 The European Armies and the First Moroccan Crisis, 1905-1906
Ch. 3 Military Effectiveness and Modern Technology, 1906-1908
Ch. 4 The Bosnia-Herzegovina Annexation Crisis and the Recovery of Russian Power, 1908-1911
Ch. 5 The Second Moroccan Crisis and the Beginning of German Panic, 1911-1912
Ch. 6 The Balkan Wars and the Spiral of Armaments, 1912-1913
Ch. 7 The European Armies and the Outbreak of the First World War

Conclusion
Appendix A: Peacetime Strength of the European Armies, 1904-1913
Appendix B: Army Expenditures of the European Powers, 1904-1914

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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