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Decisions for War, 1914 1917 by Richard F. Hamilton
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Jul 21, 14

bookshelves: history, world-war-i, military, politics
Recommended for: Anyone interested in World War I
Read from January 09 to 11, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: once

Fascinating look at the origins of World War I that examines the decision making process of the powers: who, what, where, when and why. The main emphasis is a detailed look at the small group of men in each nation who made these choices. Furthermore, it attempts to refute previous arguments based on alliance systems, nationalism, social Darwinism, imperialism, militarism, the press, domestic sources, and the "inevitable slide into war" theory. The book is an bridged version of "The Origins of World War I" as edited by the same authors, and I will now look for that book.
Just as informative now that I re-read it on the 100th anniversary of the build up to the Great War.

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0.0% "I read this in January 2012, and am re-reading it now during the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War."
07/15/2014 page 64
22.0% "Austria-Hungary."
07/17/2014 page 91
32.0% "Just finished Germany."
07/21/2014 marked as: read

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