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Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War

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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521019569

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  • This book explores the influence of Helmuth von Moltke, Germany's Chief of the General Staff between 1906 and 1914. Based largely on previously-unknown primary sources, it shows that Moltke's influence on the Kaiser and on Germany's political decision-making to have been decisive, helping to foster an increasingly confrontational mood. The book also takes issue with the common perception of Moltke as a reluctant military leader, concluding that he was both bellicose and ambitious and played a crucial role in the outbreak of the First World War.

    • The first full analysis of Helmuth von Moltke as Chief of General Staff and his role in the outbreak of the First World War
    • Based largely on previously-unknown sources, stored in secret archives in the former Soviet Union, and including hitherto unpublished photographic material
    • The German-born author has used vast primary and secondary German-language sources to substantiate the book's revisionary arguments and conclusions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a valuable contribution to the history of early-twentieth-century Europe." The Historian

    "A valuable contribution to the literature of the First World War." NYMAS Newsletter

    "This book is essential reading for students of Modern Europe, Germany, and the First World War because it moves the debate on the origins of the war to a new plane - from national to individual responsibility with Moltke at center stage." German Studies Review

    "Historian Annika Mombauer has produced an excellent book...Mombauer does a fine job of critiquing the secondary literature...She also makes use of some additional primary sources to draw conclusions that are generally persuasive...Every serious historian of the Wilhelmine period will want a copy of this book." Journal of Military History

    "Mombauer brings to bear on her subject...newly available sources from the archives of the former Soviet Union. Useful for collections of all levels." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521019569
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.512kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Military decision-making in Wilhelmine Germany
    2. Alfred von Schlieffen and Helmuth von Moltke: 'military genius' and 'reluctant military leader'
    3. From crisis to crisis: the international background to military planning in the pre-war years
    4. The July crisis and the outbreak of war: the German perspective
    5. The General Staff at war

  • Author

    Annika Mombauer, The Open University, Milton Keynes

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