In this second edition, thoroughly updated to take account of the latest research, the authors guide the reader through a momentous period in modern history, from the Franco- Prussian War of 1870-71 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. There is coverage of Great Power rivalry in Africa and China as well as Europe. By focusing on Germany's role in European diplomacy, during the eras of Bismarck and Kaiser William II, the book provides a coherent and lucid account of international affairs.
About the Author
Robert Pearce, who edited History Review from 1998 to 2012, is General Editor of Routledge Historical Biographies. His recent publications include 1930s Britain (Shire, 2010) and British Prime Ministers (Routledge, 2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Europe and the Great Powers
2. Bismarck and Europe, 1871-90
3. Colonial rivalries 1870-1914
4. Weltpolitik and European tensions, 1890-1911
5. From Balkan wars to world war 1912-13
6. Conclusion: The origins of the First World War