The Origins of the First World War

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Timeline of key events

1871

unification of Germany and establishment of the German empire

1879

defensive alliance drawn up between Germany and Austria-Hungary

1882

Triple Alliance agreed between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy

1887

Triple Alliance renewed; Mediterranean agreements concluded between Britain, Austria-Hungary and Italy to maintain peace and the status quo in the Mediterranean region and the Near East

Reinsurance Treaty signed between Germany and Russia

1890

Bismark departs from office, having been Chancellor in the new empire since 1871

1894

France and Russia sign a defensive alliance

1898,

German Navy Laws establish basis for a powerful German

1900

battle fleet

1902

Anglo-Japanese alliance concluded

1904

France and Britain sign agreement relating to colonial matters, which becomes known as the Entente Cordiale

1905

First Moroccan crisis. Wilhelm II intervenes in Moroccan affairs hoping to drive Britain and France apart, but fails

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction - To the Third Edition xi
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • Timeline of Key Events xix
  • 1 - The Origins of War 1
  • 2 - The Historical Debate 33
  • Annotated Select Bibliography 60
  • Index 63
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