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The Origins of the War of 1914 Volume 1 Paperback – 2005

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  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Enigma Books (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929631316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929631315
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John "Silence is Golden" on April 13, 2010
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This magisterial three volume set is still the premier and definitive work on the dynastic, diplomatic, colonial, foreign policy and political descsion making of the European great powers and how their interaction, distrust and rivalry led to the 1st World War. Professor Albertini {who died in 1942} had access to scores of primary source documents that have since been destroyed {during WW11}and uniquely was able to conduct interviews with some of the protagonists including those former Serbian government and military officials that were personally responsible on arranging the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.

The depth and detail of his writing and how he presents this immense subject makes these three {3} volumes a very challenging but ultimately rewarding read. His writing style is not boring but it is dense and complex and many of the government documents that he quotes in these volumes have to be read slowly/carefully to fully understand their meaning. I have the three {3} hardcover volumes printed between 1952 and 1957 and it took me over seven {7} years years of serious on and off reading to finish all 3 volumes - volume 1/ 578 pages, volume 2/ 686 pages and volume 3/ 702 pages - not including some 70 + pages of bibliography and footnotes.

These books are definitely not for the casual reader and prior knowledge of 19th and early 20th century European dynastic, economic and diplomatic history is essential before you attempt to tackle these very challenging reads. Books that I would recommend would be Willian L.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norm Frink on June 7, 2014
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Albertini essentially conducted a two man (his professor friend contributed significantly) grand jury investigation of the origins of the First World War in the 1930's and early 1940's. Although I disagree with him on a couple points (I think he is way too hard on Grey) he has, in the three volumes of which this is the first. done a better job overall than anyone else before or since. This is a useful tonic to some of the recent nonsense that is being pedaled by Chris Clark and Sean McMeekin. Unfortunately there are a number of typographical errors that appear to date back to the earlier Oxford edition, but, while annoying, it is not the big deal that some have made it out to be. The new introduction is very good. Anyone who thinks they know about the origins of the First World War without reading this doesn't.
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By T. A. Julian on September 13, 2014
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As John Keegan notes on the cover, Albertini is the departure point for all students of the subject of "Origins." Using his connections as former editor of the Corriere della Sera and service in the Italian senate together with his journalistic instincts, Albertini produced the first balanced analysis of the crisis through extensive interviews and correspondence with the principals who participated in the July 1914 crisis and research in the more important important diplomatic docuemnt collections that were available at the the tiime he began his search for the origins of the war.

Virtually all writers on the subject after Albertinis' three volumes appeared, first in Italian and then in Enlish translation in the 1950's -- with the notable exceptiton of Barbara Tuchman -- have consulted Allbertini for issues of fact and interpretation. While newer authors on the subject have injected additional psrspectives that were not Albertini's basic focus -- his is an "old fashiond" diplomatic history -- and additional from
from newly available archives, it safe to say that "The Oirigins" will remain the bedrock of scholarship on the subject of why the interchanges among European statesman resulted in the outbreak of the conflict which one disginuished historian has cited as the catastrophe from which all subsequent catastrophes of the 20th century flowed.
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