The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914


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The pacy, sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War, from acclaimed historian and author Christopher Clark FINANCIAL TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 SUNDAY TIMES and INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012 Winner of the Los Angeles Times History Book Prize 2014 The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every ...

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Kevin Connelly

Aug 5, 2016

Excellent history of the outbreak of WWI

I'll compare this book to Barbara Tuchman's seminal "Guns of August". This is a more complete and detailed review of the historical conditions and events that lead to the war. From an academic perspective this is a superior account to Tuchman's.
The author does create a narrative structure but the academic nature of the discussion sometimes drags. A excellent discussion is made of the conflicting nature of governmental policies and personalities
I would recommend this title for WWI buffs who are interested and motivated by the topic. For the novice or casual reader "Guns of August" would be a better choice.
The author has public lectures for viewing at the Gresham College, UK site. One of his lectures lead me the book.

Charles E. H

Feb 27, 2014

The author provided me with a wider under standing of the many people and States involved in Middle Europe prior to World War I.

Valuable Resource.

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