The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918
from the library of historian Dr J T Driver
First edition, first printing. Hardback bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine. 22 × 14cm, xxxvi + 638pp.
This comes from the library of author and historian, Dr J T Driver, a specialist in 15th century political history, and is signed by him to the ffep.
The system of international repression ended with the fall of Metternich in 1848. The conflicting ideals of international revolution and collective security came into being with Lenin and Wilson in 1918. Nationalism, tempered by the Balance of Power, dominated Europe in the intervening seventy years. Drawing on a wealth of diplomatic documents, A. J. P. Taylor examines the relations of the Great Powers, when Europe was still the centre of the world. Written in characteristically vigorous prose, this is a challenging and original diplomatic history, that also considers the political and economic forces which made continental war inevitable.
A good copy. There is some rippling to the cloth of boards, and light rubbing to the corners. The contents are in very good condition.