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The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin (review)

The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin (review) Book Reviews The Russian Origins of the First World War. By sean mcmeekin. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. 344 pp. $29.95 (cloth). Russia's role in the Great War has long been overshadowed by accounts that focus on the participation of the Western nations. Sean McMeekin, assistant professor of international relations at Bilkent University in Turkey, admirably seeks to remedy this neglect. In so doing, he not only attempts to demonstrate the importance of Russia in the war but also to assert that it was instrumental in provoking the outbreak of war in 1914 through aggressive imperialist policies. McMeekin argues for a reassessment of Fritz Fischer's thesis of German responsibility for war in light of often overlooked Russian sources. Drawing largely from the Archive of Imperial Russian Foreign Policy and the Russian State Military History Archive, the author insists these sources belie the conventional wisdom that posits the tsarist empire as a reluctant, stumbling participant in the war, and instead reveal a calculated and forceful Russia that had much to gain in major international conflict, in particular, in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. It is through the lens of Russia's policies and actions on its eastern http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (3)

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Book Reviews The Russian Origins of the First World War. By sean mcmeekin. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. 344 pp. $29.95 (cloth). Russia's role in the Great War has long been overshadowed by accounts that focus on the participation of the Western nations. Sean McMeekin, assistant professor of international relations at Bilkent University in Turkey, admirably seeks to remedy this neglect. In so doing, he not only attempts to demonstrate the importance of Russia in the war but also to assert that it was instrumental in provoking the outbreak of war in 1914 through aggressive imperialist policies. McMeekin argues for a reassessment of Fritz Fischer's thesis of German responsibility for war in light of often overlooked Russian sources. Drawing largely from the Archive of Imperial Russian Foreign Policy and the Russian State Military History Archive, the author insists these sources belie the conventional wisdom that posits the tsarist empire as a reluctant, stumbling participant in the war, and instead reveal a calculated and forceful Russia that had much to gain in major international conflict, in particular, in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. It is through the lens of Russia's policies and actions on its eastern

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