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The Origins of the World War (Two Volume Set )

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1166 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 2nd Revised edition (January 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002910100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029101001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,810,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is divided into two sections, "Before Sarajevo" and "After Sarajevo". I recommend that the reader skip directly to "After Sarajevo". In the first section, the author assumes that the reader is already familiar with the details of every international crisis 1870-1914. Therefore, he omits to describe them! The same goes for the kaleidoscope of political personalities. Instead, he plods on with an analysis of each event's place in the larger picture, without enlightening his readers as to what the event was. Even key figures receive minimal mention. In the "After Sarajevo" volume, the pace and description pick up considerably. The Serbian plot against the Archduke is described in detail. The author is careful to illustrate that the Germans were far from solely to blame for the War. In fact, their attempts to restrain Austria are contrasted with the French encouragement of Russia. This book appeared in the early 1930's, and it was time for a realistic assessment of the causes of the War. If only the author gave the earlier causes the same treatment he gives the later ones.
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This book is divided into two sections, "Before Sarajevo" and "After Sarajevo". I recommend that the reader skip directly to "After Sarajevo". In the first section, the author assumes that the reader is already familiar with the details of every international crisis 1870-1914. Therefore, he omits to describe them! The same goes for the kaleidoscope of political personalities. Instead, he plods on with an analysis of each event's place in the larger picture, without enlightening his readers as to what the event was. Even key figures receive minimal mention. In the "After Sarajevo" volume, the pace and description pick up considerably. The Serbian plot against the Archduke is described in detail. The author is careful to illustrate that the Germans were far from solely to blame for the War. In fact, their attempts to restrain Austria are contrasted with the French encouragement of Russia. This book appeared in the early 1930's, and it was time for a realistic assessment of the causes of the War. If only the author gave the earlier causes the same treatment he gives the later ones.
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Sidney Fay's book, originally published in 1928, is as pertinent and useful today as it was then. He describes in detail the actions and personalities of the major figures of the day, with frequent quotes from biographies, reports, and above all the huge collections of documents published after the armistice, all of which he seems to have read and absorbed. Anyone trying to understand how the war came about would do much better to work through Fay than to depend on one of the easy-reading journalistic summaries that have come out recently.
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