Although there are many narratives relating to this subject, the unique ambition and depth of this book make it a spectacular success.
Joll's (emeritus, U. of London) acclaimed narrative, first published in 1984, and now revised and updated to reflect the latest research, is a wide-ranging analysis of the historical forces at work in the Europe of 1914, and the very different ways historians have subsequently attempted to understand them. This title initiates a major new Longman series. Printed on acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)