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Studying reasons for First World War leads to “permanent state of confusion” Sir Max Hastings claims

Dear students, if the historical debate that we study in the first three modules of the course is driving you crazy (“How will I ever sort it out? How will I keep authors and ideas straight?”) you are in good … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking Diplomats? A discussion sponsored by the German Foreign Ministry

1.Weltkrieg: #Steinmeier eröffnet heute 19:30h Diskussion mit Historikern #Clark +#Krumeich @DHMBerlin http://t.co/JFJomw9ylL @DeutscheWelle — Auswärtiges Amt (@AuswaertigesAmt) March 14, 2014

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Like a broken clock, A. J. P. Taylor is right twice a day …

I am not a big Taylor fan. I find his Origins of the Second World War to be a terribly pernicious book. I have spent a quarter century dealing with students who have picked up a certain Zeitgeist and think … Continue reading

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Concerning “Sleepwalkers”

I currently have a number of posts in this blog’s “green room” – generally pieces of a historiographical nature that I want to mull over and make sure to get right. Several of these posts concern Christopher Clark’s Sleepwalkers and … Continue reading

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Herfried Münkler, Gerd Krumeich, and Sönke Neitzel debate the causes of the Great War

This is fun: #history German debate. Political scientist Herfried Münkler+historians Gerd Krumeich & Sönke Neitzel. Causes of #WW1 http://t.co/bkhOPrlGte — Rob Schäfer (@GERArmyResearch) March 11, 2014 I’ll have more on this debate tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to rest … Continue reading

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The “War Guilt Question” in France

One of the difficult questions being raised in the centenary commemoration regards national and individual culpability for starting the Great War. Both the British and the Germans are much taken with it at this point. The BBC has run shows … Continue reading

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John C. G. Röhl in the Süddeutsche Zeitung

John C. G. Röhl recounts the ongoing debate in Britain on the origins of the Great War and offers his own take in an article, “Wie Deutschland 1914 den Krieg plante,” in the March 5 edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. One … Continue reading

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