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Product Details

  • Paperback: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books (October 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157392301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573923019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul M. Kennedy is J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University. He regularly publishes in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and many other periodicals and scholarly journals. The author of thirteen books, he is perhaps best known for The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. His most recent publication (2006) is The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This well written and thoughtful book is a fine combination of diplomatic history and analysis of the underlying forces driving the relationship between Germany and Great Britain in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century. The termination point for the narrative is, of course, the outbreak of WWI and the British decision to join the war on the Franco-Russian side. Kennedy is very careful, however, not to let that momentous event overshadow his narrative and analysis; he takes care to set events and forces in their specific context, not as preludes to war.

This book is organized into 5 sections, 3 narrative sections describing the basic diplomatic history interspersed with 2 analytic sections discussing the underlying features of Anglo-German rivalry. The narrative sections are concise, excellent accounts looking at events, personalities, and descriptions of diplomacy, the broader international context, and relevant internal German and British politics. These sections, however, presuppose a basic knowledge of the history of the period. The final, and briefest, narrative section covers the period leading to WWI. While not intended to be an analysis of the outbreak of war, this is a very astute analysis of the dynamics of events with a particularly good analysis of British motivations for the decision to commit to the Franco-Russian alliance. Anyone who has read Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War and his arguments about the British decision to go to war should read these sections for a thoughtful and deeper alternative analysis of the British decision to go to war.

Where Kennedy really shines, however, is with the structural analyses.
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