"Better Now Than Later: The Paradox of 1914 as Everyone's Favored Year for War"

Author
Jack Snyder
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Security
Volume
38
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Spring 2014
Institution
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Abstract
One reason why Europe went to war in 1914 is that all of the continental great powers judged it a favorable moment for a fight, and all were pessimistic about postponing the fight until later. On its face, this explanation constitutes a paradox. Still, each power had a superficially plausible reason for thinking this was true.
Topic
International Relations, Security, War
Political Geography
Europe