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

By | Copyright Year:2002 | ISBN-13: 9780340804315

In this 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.

The Access to History series covers core periods of European and American history. Each book covers a period of several years, charting the key political, social, economic, religious and cultural themes and issues of that time.

All texts include activities with comprehensive advice on tackling essay questions.


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


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.


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.