Monday, November 07, 2011

The Russian Origins of the First World War

Looks very interesting indeed. (Via.) Apparently, the thesis is that Russian turned into a general European war what the Germans and Austrians would've been happy to keep a limited Balkan war.

I had known that Russia's decision for general mobilization (i.e., pointing the sword at Germany as well as at Austria) was a key step in creating the wider war, but it seems that McMeekin will argue this was more than just haphazard. Worth a look, even if the claim that it was "Russia's war even more than it was Germany's" sounds a tad overreaching.

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