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by Laurence Lafore

The Long Fuse: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I download ebook
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0881339547
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978-0881339543
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Laurence Lafore
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Waveland Pr Inc; 2 edition (May 1, 1997)
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The best short summary of the origins of World War 1 that I have read

The best short summary of the origins of World War 1 that I have read. Excellent tracing of the myriad of unfortunate circumstances and bad decisions that unleashed a conflict that no force could stop. Mar 17, 2010 Armen rated it it was amazing. This is the best book on the origins of WWI - and that includes The Guns of August which is the second best.

Lafore, Laurence Davis. World War, 1914-1918. Philadelphia, Lippincott. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

At first glance, The Long Fuse, by Laurence Lafore, may seem dated

At first glance, The Long Fuse, by Laurence Lafore, may seem dated. This book does not examine economic, social, or military causes of the war in any.

In analyzing the causes of World War I without concern for the question of guilt, the author places emphasis on two central facts . More by Laurence Lafore. The End of Glory: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War II. Laurence Lafore.

In analyzing the causes of World War I without concern for the question of guilt, the author places emphasis on two central facts: first, that when statesmen an. . Days of emperor and clown;: The Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1936, (Crossroads of world history series). Laurence Lafore, James Dugan. Lessons for a post 9-11 world. com User, August 9, 2006.

ISBN 10: 0881339547 ISBN 13: 9780881339543. Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc, 1997.

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While Lafore published informally in numerous outlets, including TV Guide, he is best known for three works of history: The Long Fuse (1965), about the origins of World War I; The End Of Glory (1970), about the origins of World War II; and Days Of Emperor and Clown: The Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1936 (1973). Historic preservation. He later wrote the 1975 book American Classic about his adopted city of Iowa City, Iowa. Lafore is buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

In analyzing the causes of World War I without concern for the question of guilt, the author places emphasis on two central facts: first, that when statesmen and peoples took actions they knew might lead to war, they were not envisaging the catastrophe that the war became but rather a quick and limited war; and, second, that among the many conflicts that might have led to war, the one that did was the threat to the integrity of Austria-Hungary posed by Serbia and Serb nationalism.

Title of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Williamson-Van Wyk, July 1914: Soldiers, Statesmen, and the Coming of the Great War—A Documentary History (ISBN 9781478622864).

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  • Gholbirdred
This book is among the best for deep ,broad and dispassionate analysis of the events that led to WW1 . It is also short in length containing only the necessary facts and events to fully understand the long and sinuous road to war.
The author picks the thread from around 1870 and examines events,Nations and States with a cool and incisive look free of preconceptions.
His successful approach is based on the examination of the importance of events at the time that they happened,without the distortion of the ex post facto hindsight that has affected many Historians.Also he tries mostly to understand and explain and not to assign blame.
His analysis is based on the emergence of Nationalism and the perceived National Interest.He focuses on Austria and Serbia,Germany and Russia,because he considers that they were the core actors and that by their acts the eruption of War took place. He treats France and GB as the lesser actors in the emerging drama.
Lahore carefully examines the emergence of the armed alliances and explains how they solidified over time,suggesting that Germany's fears ,ambitions and actions were important levers that pushed the others in the Entente alliance.
Reading this book one understands how seemingly unrelated events converge over time and build up to create a situation that it was not at all apparent at the time that the events happened. The author believes in long term causal links that create new and unexpected situations and does not follow the theory of the accident. He perceives a certain determinism in the possibility of collision between Austria and Serbia due to the incompatibility of their perceived National Interests and points out that at that time nobody could visualize the destructive violence and duration of the war which made easier the adoption of this choice for reasons of perceived political expediency.
His easy prose is that of a detached wise man and this work is certainly worth reading for the additional reason that he does not take a moral posture on the responsibility for the war,accepting a certain determinism for the evolution of events that limits choice and leaving the reader free but well informed to draw the final conclusions.
Anyone seriously interested in the origins of the 1st WW should read this book
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  • Shan
At first glance, The Long Fuse, by Laurence Lafore, may seem dated. Originally written in 1971 with a second edition printed in 1997, it retains enough of the first edition to make the reader wonder if modern scholarship may have passed it by. True there is no indication of what has been updated in the newer edition, and the author in the early chapters does little to challenge long standing conclusions on World War One's origins. But Lafore ultimately shows why his original work warranted a second edition.
This book does not examine economic, social, or military causes of the war in any great detail. In part this is what makes the book appealing. Lafore instead follows traditional diplomatic arguments upon which his conclusions are based. He does seem to favor conservative viewpoints by stating the fringe areas of Europe (the Balkans, Ireland, and frontier provincial areas such as Alsace-Lorraine) did much to thwart the ambitions of the great powers. He also reluctantly includes Austria-Hungary with the great powers though it was comprised of the very fringe areas he is critical of.
Lafore does avoid one traditional Anglo-French opinion, that Germany bore sole responsibility for the war. This he flatly denies. Instead, he shows how each great power was in part responsible for its own actions, and how their actions subsequently crossed the frontiers and affected their neighbor's or allies'.
The title is somewhat a misnomer as he seems to brush on the period of 1871-1913 though in insufficient detail to connect it to the outbreak of war in 1914. In fact the first half of the book is a bit meandering. However, the real merit of the study covers the period 1913/4 and this is where Lafore exhibits his understanding of the wars' origins. But this does not mean the reader should merely skim the early chapters. There are ample euphemisms, witticisms, arcane words, and indeed humor ("No one quite agreed on where Macedonia was-but wherever it was, it was a problem.") to keep ones interest.
But it remains the last chapters, and especially the final pages that demonstrates the books' value, and for this reason it should be considered by anyone with an interest in the Great Wars' origins.
  • Bluecliff
I am a serious History buff and the cause and effect of World wars is a particular interest. This book covers the history of Europe and the Middle east from the 1850-1920 time frame. It is done very well and is recommended to anyone that has an interest in what transpired prior to the start of WWI. The history of ethnicity depicted here and its effect on the war is amazing.
Definitely a great read and reference to any history buff

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  • fetish
Book showed up quickly. It was for my daughter for a school reading assignment so I can't speak of the content.
  • Sharpbinder
A detailed account of what was happening in Europe in the era preceding the Great War.
  • Kale
I loved and hated the loved it because I learned a lot about pre-WWI Europe. Hated it because no detail was too obscure. I wondered whether I would outlast the book