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Rivalry and Accord-International Relations 1870-1914: Access to History:  

Rivalry and Accord-International Relations 1870-1914: Access to History:


In this second edition, thoroughly updated to take account of the latest research, the authors guide the reader through a momentous period in modern history, from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. There is coverage of Great Power rivalry in Africa and China as well as Europe. By focusing on Germany's role in European diplomacy, during the eras of Bismarck and Kaiser William II, the book provides a coherent and lucid account of international affairs.

  • Concise, readable and up-to-date introduction of this period.
  • Study guides contain exercises and advice on tackling differentiated exam questions for AS and A Level.
  • Contains the latest historical interpretations of themes and issues.
  • Features include: points to consider, key issues and key dates.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction: Europe and the Great Powers
2. Bismarck and Europe, 1871-90
3. Colonial rivalries 1870-1914
4. Weltpolitik and European tensions, 1890-1911
5. From Balkan wars to world war 1912-13
6. Conclusion: The origins of the First World War

About the Author(s):
Dr Robert Pearce is a Fellow of History at St Martin's College, Lancaster. He is also a co-editor of the Access to History series.


Pearce and Lowe are to be warmly congratulated on having got the basics of engaging, humane communication and clear and succinct analysis absolutely right...Intelligent use of intelligently authored history textbooks in classrooms across the European continent are surely the best guarantee of a thriving jargon and prejudice-free History for today and for tomorrow. Put Pearce and Lowe on your department's bookshelf.

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