The Origins of the First and Second World Wars Paperback
Part of the Cambridge perspectives in history series
An engaging range of period texts and theme books for AS and A Level history. This text analyses the origins of the First and Second World Wars in one single volume, drawing on a wide range of material, including original sources.
In concise chapters, Frank McDonough surveys the key issues surrounding the causes of the First and Second World Wars, offers a critical survey of the conflict between historians and provides a lively selection of primary documents on major issues.
The result is a unique perspective on the origins of the two most devastating military conflicts in world history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 130 pages, 2 colour book
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 21/08/1997
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780521568616
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Review by CSL
I had to read this book for one of my BA history courses and as the title suggests its an examination of the start of the First and Second World wars, the factors that lead to the start of the conflicts and the historiography related to them. McDonough does a good enough job in this, for a layman it is presented well enough that there won't be any shaking of heads at various terms. His examination of the histographical debates about each conflict - in particular about the First World War - are perhaps the best parts of the book. McDonough gives a very large and broad examination of the historical debate surrounding those events which will help a lot if your interested in a succinct look at that debate.