In This Review

Before the War
Before the War
By G. P. Gooch
Longmans, 1936, 438 pp

The first of two volumes in which a leading English historian reconsiders the policies of the Great Powers and their representatives between 1900 and 1914. The discussion here is of Lord Lansdowne, Delcassé, Bülow, Aehrenthal and Isvolsky. The author's mastery of the documentary material makes the book one of the most authoritative as it is one of the most readable accounts. Its only weakness is its restriction to official material, to the neglect of movements of opinion and economic forces.