PANTHER Incident: Agadir to Armageddon

FROM AGADIR TO ARMAGEDDON

Anatomy of a Crisis

by Geoffrey Barraclough

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Anatomy of a Crisis

This 1st edition published in 1982
by Wedenfeld and Nicolson, London

ISBN 10: 0 297 78174 X

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 The contents of 'FROM AGADIR TO ARMAGEDDON' from the jacket's front flap. 

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FROM AGADIR TO ARMAGEDDON

Anatomy of a Crisis

by Geoffrey Barraclough

The arrival, on 1 July 1911, of a German gunboat, the Panther, in the Moroccan harbour of Agadir set the world in turmoil and led Europe to the brink of war. Seventy years later, in our own age of gunboat diplomacy, the dispatch of the United States' Seventh Fleet to the Persian Gulf and the perimeter of strife-torn Iran in 1979 made a new global conflict seem not unthinkable. In this remarkable new book, Professor Geoffrey Barraclough uses the perspective of a lifetime's distinguished historical study to examine precedents for the present world crisis and asks : as the Agadir Crisis led to war in 1914, will current rivalries propel us towards a Third World War ?

From Agadir to Armageddon is not an alarmist or contrived attempt to draw dramatic lessons from history. It is a careful, revealing and documented observation of a key episode in twentieth- century diplomacy, and a comparison of societies in conflict. Every reader, Professor Barraclough argues, will draw his own conclusions. But the similarities and analogies are too close for comfort. It is timely to rescue the Agadir crisis from the history books and consider what parallels it has with contemporary world politics.

Quite apart from a supremely elegant essay in political analysis, this book is a highly important contribution to the ever active debate over the origins of the First World War. Written with energy and clarity, Professor Barraclough's new book is written for historians, political scientists, politicians and everyone with an interest in the preservation of peace.

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Background image adapted from small part of a four page pull-out spread published as a supplment to "The Illustrated London News" entitled GUARDIANS OF THE COUNTRY'S PEACE: The Home, Channel, Mediterranean and Cruiser Squadrons, now on a war footing" drawn by Norman Wilkinson in 1904