History of Int. Law and Relations since the Peace of Westphalia. -- 1 Alcorta, Cours de droit int. public ( 1887), ch. 6, secs. 3-4; Alvarez, Le droit int. américain ( 1910); Bex, Essai sur l'évolution de droit des gens ( 1910); Boeck, De la proprieté privée ennemie sous pavillon ennemi ( 1882), 1-153; Debidour, Histoire diplomatique (in 2 vols., 1891); Dupuis, Le principe d'equilibre ( 1909); * 3 Hill, History of Diplomacy in the Development of Europe ( 1905-06), passim; Hosack, Rise and Growth of the Law of Nations ( 1882), chs. 8-10; 1 Kleen, "Introduction historique", 1-70; Laurent, Études sur l'humanité ( 1865-80), Vols. X-XVIII; Leseur, Cours de droit int. ( 1893), §§ 49-59; 1 Mohl, Geschichte und Literatur der Staatswissenschaften ( 1885), 337-475; * Muir, Nationalism and Internationalism ( 1916);____________________
The book by Barnes entitled "Genesis of the World War," ( 1926) is neither impartial nor reliable.
For references to the best recent sources of information, see Gooch, op. cit., note on p. 552; the references given by Barnes, Dickinson, Fay and Schmitt, in the articles and books cited above; and the excellent bibliography in 2 Hayes, Modern Europe, (ed. of 1924), 719-22.
The student should be warned that most of the books and official documents produced during and immediately after the war are often worse than useless, being either one-sided or misrepresentative. We owe out great knowledge of the causes of the World War -- a knowledge possibly greater than in the case of any other war in history -- to the opening of the archives by the Russian, German and Austrian revolutionists.
It should be noted that during the past few years ( 1921-25) there have been a considerable number of remarkable works produced by French publicists tending to expose the share of France in the responsibility for the war under the Poincaré régime. The animus is of course partly political. The following seem to be the most important of these works: Demartial, La guerre de 1914 ( 1922); Fabre-Luce, La victoire ( 1924); Gouttenoire de Toury, Poincaré a-t-il voulu la guerre ( 1920), and La politique russe de Poincaré, and Jaures ( 1923); Mornhardt, Les preures; Pevet, Les responsables de la, guerre ( 1921); and Renouvin, Les origines immédiates de la guerre ( 1925).
Particularly noteworthy are the Isvolsky dispatches contained in Un livre noir ( 2 vols., 1922-23), edited by Marchand; and Stieve Der Diplomatische Schrifturchsel Iswolskis, 1911- 1914 ( 1924), in 5 vols. See Siebert, Entente Diplomacy ( 1921), for many of these dispatches translated into English. They yield much damaging evidence against the Poincaré régime, particularly in respect to Russian subventions to leading organs of the French press (with the connivance of the French Government) and the aggressive designs of the Russian Government during the period extending from 1910 to 1914. But the most important source of information is the collection of German documents in 30 odd vols. known as Die Grosse Politik der Europäische Kabinette, 1871-1914.