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Guilt or Responsibility? The Hundred-Year Debate on the Origins of World War I

  • Annika Mombauer (a1)

Historians of the Great War found themselves in high demand in 2014. The looming anniversary naturally prompted publishers to commission titles that were designed to make a splash, cause debate, and spark public interest. The market was consequently flooded with publications that attempted to explain why war had broken out in 1914. Few could have predicted, however, the full extent of public and media interest in World War I. Nor could one have expected that the question of the origins of the war, in particular, would once again be paramount and the subject of widespread, heated debate.

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John A. Vasquez , “The First World War and International Relations Theory: A Review of Books on the 100th Anniversary,” International Studies Review 16, no.4 (2014): 623

William Mulligan's review article, “The Trial Continues: New Directions in the Study of the Origins of the First World War,” English Historical Review 129, no. 538 (June 2014): 658

Annika Mombauer , “The Fischer Controversy, Documents, and the ‘Truth’ About the Origins of the First World War,” Journal of Contemporary History 48, no. 2 (2013): 290314

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Central European History
  • ISSN: 0008-9389
  • EISSN: 1569-1616
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