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Helmuth Von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War Annika Mombauer

Helmuth Von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War

Annika Mombauer

Published September 26th 2005
ISBN : 9780521019569
Paperback
344 pages
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 About the Book 

This book explores the influence of Helmuth von Moltke, Germanys Chief of the General Staff between 1906 and 1914. Based largely on previously-unknown primary sources, it shows that Moltkes influence on the Kaiser and on Germanys political decision-making to have been decisive, helping to foster an increasingly confrontational mood. The book also takes issue with the common perception of Moltke as a reluctant military leader, concluding that he was both bellicose and ambitious and played a crucial role in the outbreak of the First World War.