This book examines why, in 1914, a Balkan conflict escalated into a general European war. It focuses on the decision-making of each Power during the July-August crisis, and analyses the role of domestic politics, economics, cultural factors, militarism, imperialism, and the international political system. Attention is given to source material and to historiography, notably the controversy surrounding the work of Fritz Fischer. There is an extensive annotated bibliography.
Chronology Maps.- Introduction.- Austria-Hungary and Serbia Germany and the Blank Cheque.- Russo-French Response Towards World War.- The Search for Understanding Conclusion: The Vision of War.- Bibliography.- Index.