The first of three volumes translating the most extensive history of the origins of the First World War since the works of Fay and Schmitt. Albertini died in 1941 with the Hitler regime, and considers the new information which has been published publication. The Italian edition, "Le Origini della Guerra del 1914" (Milan: Bocca), appeared in 1945. Despite its comparatively recent appearance most of the sources employed are the familiar diplomatic collections, and a good deal of important material has appeared since Albertini's death. It is valuable, however, for filling out the picture of Italian and Mediterranean diplomacy. The author was highly critical of the "old" diplomacy and of the irresponsibility of German policy, particularly as practised by Bülow.