Europe's Last Summer

Europe's Last Summer

Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Book - 2004 | First edition
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Draws on current scholarship to argue that hostilities that led to World War I were started intentionally, describing the negotiations and personalities of key leaders that contributed to the failure of diplomatic efforts.

Blackwell North Amer
The early summer of 1914 was the most glorious Europeans could remember. But, behind the scenes, the most destructive war the world had yet known was moving inexorably into being, a war that would continue to resonate into the twenty-first century. The question of how it began has long vexed historians. Many have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; other have concluded that it was nobody's fault. But David Fromkin - whose account is based on the latest scholarship - provides a different answer. He makes plain that hostilities were commenced deliberately.
In a gripping narrative that has eerie parallels to events in our own time, Fromkin shows that not one but two wars were waged, and that the first served as pretext for the second. Shedding light on such current issues as pre-emptive war and terrorism, he provides detailed descriptions of the negotiations and incisive portraits of the diplomats, generals, and rulers - the Kaiser of Germany, the Czar of Russia, the Prime Minister of England, among other key players. And he reveals how and why diplomacy was doomed to fail.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on current scholarship to argue that the hostilities that led to World War I were intentionally started, describing the negotiations and personalities of key leaders that contributed to the failure of diplomacy efforts and offering insights into such current issues as preventative war and terrorism. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375411564
0375411569
Branch Call Number: 940.3 Fromkin 2004
Characteristics: xi, 349 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm

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empbee
May 15, 2019

An excellent, easy to read summary of the cause and the consequences of the first world war and what Europe is now.

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threelions
Mar 22, 2013

great, the story leading up to war is really interesting

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