Mulligan, W. (2017) The Origins of the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
MacMillan, M. (2014) The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War. London: Profile Books.
Mick, C. (2014) ‘The origins of the First World War’, Modern History Review, 17 (1), pp.10-15.
There are many views about who was responsible for the outbreak of the First World War. Professor Mick sifts the evidence to argue that the war was the result of a collective failure on the part of the European political elites.
Rathbone, M. (2014) ‘The Sarajevo crisis: why did it lead Britain to war in 1914?’, Modern History Review, 9 (4), pp.26-29.
Mark Rathbone examines the relative significance of the key factors that led to Britain declare war on Germany in 1914. Read this article alongside the one on Russia’s entry to the war, pp.2-5.
Fromkin, D. (2005) Europe’s Last Summer: Why the World Went to War in 1914. London: Vintage.
Strachan, H. (2004) The Outbreak of the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Williamson, Jr., S. R. (1991) Austria-Hungary and the Origins of the First World War. Macmillan Education.
Crampton, R. J. (1979) The Hollow Detente: Anglo-German Relations in the Balkans, 1911-1914. London: George Prior Publishers.