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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 5-22
  4. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 23-43
  5. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 44-83
  6. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 84-99
  7. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 100-116
  8. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 117-135
  9. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 136-181
  10. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 182-228
  11. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 229-257
  12. Zara S. Steiner, Keith Neilson
    Pages 258-277
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 278-341

About this book

Introduction

How and why did Britain become involved in the First World War? Taking into account the scholarship of the last twenty-five years, this second edition of Zara S. Steiner's classic study, thoroughly revised with Keith Neilson, explores a subject which is as highly contentious as ever.

While retaining the basic argument that Britain went to war in 1914 not as a result of internal pressures but as a response to external events, Steiner and Neilson reject recent arguments that Britain became involved because of fears of an 'invented' German menace, or to defend her Empire. Instead, placing greater emphasis than before on the role of Russia, the authors convincingly argue that Britain entered the war in order to preserve the European balance of power and the nation's favourable position within it.

Lucid and comprehensive, Britain and the Origins of the First World War brings together the bureaucratic, diplomatic, economic, strategical and ideological factors that led to Britain's entry into the Great War, and remains the most complete survey of the pre-war situation.

Keywords

Britain empire Europe First World War France Russia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-230-21301-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-73466-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-21301-2
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