Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Stevenson
    Pages 1-1
  3. David Stevenson
    Pages 2-7
  4. David Stevenson
    Pages 8-19
  5. David Stevenson
    Pages 20-27
  6. David Stevenson
    Pages 28-38
  7. David Stevenson
    Pages 39-54
  8. David Stevenson
    Pages 55-57
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 58-72

About this book


This book examines why, in 1914, a Balkan conflict escalated into a general European war. It focuses on the decision-making of each Power during the July-August crisis, and analyses the role of domestic politics, economics, cultural factors, militarism, imperialism, and the international political system. Attention is given to source material and to historiography, notably the controversy surrounding the work of Fritz Fischer. There is an extensive annotated bibliography


Austria chronology Europe First World War Germany historiography Hungary

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Outbreak of the First World War
  • Book Subtitle 1914 in Perspective
  • Authors D. Stevenson
  • Series Title Studies in European History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information David Stevenson 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-58327-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-25613-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 86
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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