This is a lucid and well-structured text dealing with key issues in international affairs from the period of German unification to the aftermath of World War I. It:
* Provides excellent explanation and analysis of the central issues
* Clarifies a notoriously complex period of international history
* Updates traditional books in this field of 19th and 20th century diplomatic/international history
* Takes a thematic approach
* Leads students through the main events and reviews recent trends in historical debate and scholarship
* Includes an annotated bibliography
Consideration of `the German problem' and `the Balkan problem' have taken on a new urgency and relevance with recent developments in Europe, and this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject.