At last a documentary collection with newly discovered documents on the origins of the First World War. A fine choice of key documents vital to understanding the many remaining controversies on the war's origins. -- Professor John Keiger. Annika Mombauer has provided historians with a veritable feast of new diplomatic and military documents on the origins of the Great War. While some hardy staples from past collections remain, she has combed private archives, explored government collections, and included military as well as diplomatic documents to produce a volume that will surprise even the most diligent researcher who has worked on this topic. Her succinct narrative links the documents together without forcing the reader to any interpretation of the complex issues that surround an explanation of why war in the summer of 1914. Crisply edited, with a useful introduction to the interwar document wars, this volume will help teachers, researchers, and political scientists as they seek to understand the slide to war a century ago. -- Professor Samuel R. Williamson, Jr.. Annika Mombauer's document collection will be essential reading for students of the origins of the First World War. Mombauer has trawled the archives for new and unfamiliar texts that shed fresh light on the events that brought war to Europe in 1914. The book reconstructs a sequence of key episodes, offering a three-dimensional view of the European pre-war crisis and allowing readers to compare a range of national perspectives. With its eloquent introduction and commentaries, this judicious, elegantly translated and lucidly structured collection is an important new reference work. --Professor Christopher Clark.
About the Author
Annika Mombauer is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the Open University