Major Controversies of Contemporary History - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080136929, 9781483164519

Major Controversies of Contemporary History

1st Edition

Authors: Jacques De Launay
eBook ISBN: 9781483164519
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1965
Page Count: 344
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Major Controversies of Contemporary History provides a detailed analysis of all published sources concerning the major controversies of contemporary history. This book presents the various works dealing with contemporary history covering the period 1914 to 1945.

Organized into three parts encompassing 13 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the complicity of the Serbian government in the Sarajevo outrage on June 28, 1914. This text then discusses the Austro–Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia, taking into account the risk of Russian intervention. Other chapters consider the significant role that the Russian chief of general staff plays in the decision to announce general mobilizations. This book discusses as well the nature of the plans for a preventive war during the period 1933–1934. The final chapter deals with the Potsdam Conference in 1945, wherein the agenda includes the drafting of the peace treaty, the occupation of Germany, and the political organization of liberated Europe.

This book is a valuable resource for historians and students.

Table of Contents



Part One 1914-1918

I The Outrage at Sarajevo— 28th June 1914

1. The Responsibility of Serbia

2. The Role of Count Berchtold

II The Austro-German Alliance

1. The International Conference of the 26th July 1914

2. Declaration of War on Serbia (28th July 1914)

3. Germany has Afterthoughts (29th July 1914)

4. The Optimism of the German General Staff

5. Austria-Hungary Wavers

III Great Britain and the Franco-Russiance Alliance

I.Russian Mobilization (30th July 1914)

2. France and Russian Mobilization

3. The Attitude of Great Britain

IV The War of Movement — 1914

1. Franco-Belgian Military Co-operation

2. Franco-British Military Co-operation

3. Defeat at Charleroi

4. Moltke and the Battle of the Marne

V The War of Attrition

1. Verdun

2. The Quarrel Between von Falkenhayn and Conrad

3. The Rise of the Dioscuri

VI The Confusion 1917

1. The Causes of American Intervention

2. Crisis in the French Command

3. Mutiny on the French Front

4. Austrian Overtures for a Separate Peace

Part Two - 1919-1939

I The Peace of Versailles

1. The Rhineland Autonomist Movement (1919)

2. German Reparations

3. The United States and The League of Nations (1919-1920)

4. The Rupture between France and Hungary

5. The Genoa Conference, (1922)

6. The 1922 Moratorium and the Role of Poincare

7. The Collapse of the Rhenist Movement (1923)

II The United States of Europe

1. Stresemann's Sincerity

2. The Conference at Thoiry (17th September 1926)

3. The Failure of Briand's United States of Europe (September 1929)

III The Rise of Fascism

1. The Preventive War against Germany (1933-1934)

2. The Blood Purge of June 1934

3. The Assassination of Dolfuss (25th July 1934)

4. Mussolini and the Marseilles Outrage (9th October 1934)

5. The Saar Plebiscite (13th January 1935)

6. The Rome Agreements (6th January 1935)

7. The Hoare-Laval Plan

IV Immediate Causes of the Second World War

1. The Hossbach Document (5th November 1937)

2. Germany and the Spanish Civil War

3. The French Air Force in 1938

4. Russia and the Munich Agreements

5. The Pact of Paris (6th December 1938)

6. The Failure of Anglo-French-Soviet Negotiations (April-August 1939)

7. Did Russia Really Intend to Provoke War? (23rd August 1939)

Part Three - 1939-1945

I The Blitzkrieg

1. "Operation Himmler"

2. Daladier's Secret

3. The Manstein Plan

4. Exercise Weser

5. Lord Gort's Retreat

II The World War

1. Operation "Sea Lion"

2. The Wooing of Franco

3. The Barbarossa Plan

4. The Russo-Japanese Pact

5. Pearl Harbour

III Unconditional Surrender

1. The Secret Orders of Admiral Darlan (1oth-13th November 1942)

2. Unconditional Surrender

3. The Treachery of Mihailovic

4. Badoglio Surrenders

5. The Importance of French Resistance

6. The Liberation of Paris

7. The Liberation of Antwerp

8. The Italian Resistance Movement

9. The Battle of Warsaw

10. The Potsdam Conference


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