March 7, 2017

Access to History. War and Peace: International Relations by David G. Williamson

By David G. Williamson

This new version has been reformatted and fully revised to envision diplomacy among 1878 and 1941. The content material makes a speciality of the subsequent areas:
- transforming into overseas tensions among the nice Powers 1878-1914
- the 1st global War
- Peace settlements and the influence of the good melancholy within the inter-war period
- The countdown to and reasons of the second one global War
Throughout the booklet, key dates, phrases and concerns are highlighted, and ancient interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and suggestions written by way of examiners give you the chance to increase examination abilities.

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The League of the Three Emperors was visibly falling apart. War between Russia and Austria now seemed possible and Austria and Britain both looked to Berlin to take the lead against Russia, but Bismarck was determined not to be pushed into confrontation especially at the very time that Boulanger was urging a war of revenge against Germany. He attempted to restrain both Austria and Russia, whom he described as ‘two savage dogs’. Bismarck again made very clear to his Austrian allies that Germany would not be dragged into war against Russia.

Bismarck again made very clear to his Austrian allies that Germany would not be dragged into war against Russia. On the other hand, he was not prepared to stand back and see Austria defeated by Russia. To reconcile these two often conflicting objectives he pursued his traditional policy of strengthening Austria while at the same time attempting to reassure Russia of Germany’s peaceful intentions. Bismarck aimed to deter Russian expansion into the Balkans by encouraging Britain, Italy and Austria-Hungary to negotiate the First Mediterranean Agreement in February 1887.

However, the Germans did win the concession that all the powers should enjoy equal economic rights within Morocco. P. Taylor has stressed, ‘a true crisis, a turning point in European history’. For the first time since 1870 a Franco-German war seemed a real possibility. There were no armies or fleets mobilised, but the senior official in the German foreign ministry, Friedrich von Holstein, and the German military high command were certainly ready to risk war, as Russia was weak and the French army was inadequately equipped.

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