Sarajevo: A Study in the Origins of the Great War

Sarajevo: A Study in the Origins of the Great War

Sarajevo: A Study in the Origins of the Great War

Sarajevo: A Study in the Origins of the Great War

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Much has been written on the immediate origins of the Great War and the complicated diplomatic conflict which preceded actual hostilities; but till very recently the Balkan aspect of the question has not received the attention which it deserves. The two most authoritative surveys in English--Mr.Headlam-Morley The History of Twelve Days (1915) and SirCharles Oman The Outbreak of the War (1918)--are now both out of date, owing to the subsequent publication of the German and Austrian diplomatic documents, and of much supplementary material of a less official character. Thus there is great need of a book summarising all the latest evidence on a question which is of burning importance in the Europe of to-day.

The original German theory, which made of Britain and of Sir Edward Grey the villains of the piece, has long since been exploded, and, for the time at least, abandoned even in Germany itself: nor is it ever likely to convince any person who, with open mind, reads that statesman's newly published memoirs. The attack was then transferred to Russia, and the alleged methods by which a general mobilisation was carried out behind the back of the Tsar were treated as responsible for the final catastrophe. The superficiality of this argument was from the first apparent to all save the wilfully blind, and was finally demonstrated by the critical study of General Dobrorolski and other publications. The most recent tendency has been to shift the main responsibility on to the shoulders of Serbia; and it therefore becomes all the more necessary to place the Serbian side of the problem in the forefront of discussion, instead of treating . . .

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