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Helmuth von Moltke and the origins of the First World War

Mombauer, Annika (2001). Helmuth von Moltke and the origins of the First World War. New Studies in European History. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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This book explores the influence of Helmuth von Moltke, Germany's Chief of the General Staff between 1906 and 1914. Based largely on previously unknown primary sources, it analyses the General Staff's role in military decision-making and Moltke's relationship with Kaiser Wilhelm II, as well as the genesis of the Schlieffen Plan and Germany's military and political reactions to the many pre-war crises. Moltke's influence on Germany's political decision-making is shown to have been decisive, helping to foster an increasingly confrontational mood. The book takes specific issue with the comoon perception of Moltke as an ineffectual and reluctant military leader, remembered primarily for the defeat at the Battle of the Marne and his alleged adulteration of the Schlieffen Plan. It concludes that, on the contrary, he was both bellicose and ambitious, hoping for war 'the sooner the better' and playing a crucial role in the outbreak and early months of the First World War.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 0-521-79101-4, 978-0-521-79101-4
Extra Information: DOI: 10.2277/0521791014
Keywords: First World War; outbreak of war; German military and political history; Schlieffen Plan; Moltke
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 7749
Depositing User: Annika Mombauer
Date Deposited: 17 May 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:01
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