The first world war had begun imposed on the statesmen of europe by railway timetables it was an unexpected climax to the railway age a j p taylor was one of the most acclaimed historians of the twentieth century his most provocative legacy was his insistence on the roles of accident and inadvertence in the outbreak of both world wars. War by time table how the first world war began by taylor a j p alan john percivale 1906 1990 publication date 1969 topics world war 1914 1918 publisher london macdonald co. War by timetable is a history of the mobilization of the armies of the great powers in 1914 and the use specifically of the railroads this fascinating and controversial book is essential reading. Ajp taylors war by timetable how the first world war began provides a fascinating look at not only the general background and build up but also the domino effect of actions and events through the sequencing of his chapters in different european capitals he shows a deft touch in describing the waffling attitudes indecisiveness struggles between sticking to plans and doubting
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