Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?
When war broke out in Europe in 1914, it surprised a European population enjoying the most beautiful summer in memory. For nearly a century since, historians have debated the causes of the war. Some have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; others have concluded it was unavoidable.
In Europe’s Last Summer, David Fromkin provides a different answer: hostilities were commenced deliberately. In a riveting re-creation of the run-up to war, Fromkin shows how German generals, seeing war as inevitable, manipulated events to precipitate a conflict waged on their own terms. Moving deftly between diplomats, generals, and rulers across Europe, he makes the complex diplomatic negotiations accessible and immediate. Examining the actions of individuals amid larger historical forces, this is a gripping historical narrative and a dramatic reassessment of a key moment in the twentieth-century.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
A concise, accessible, and absorbing chronicle of the weeks leading up to the outbreak of the Great War following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Fromkin argues that there was not an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RobertDay - LibraryThing
A concise and readable study of the last few weeks of peace in 1914. Early on, I felt the author was rushing the story and glossing over some key points; I quickly realised that that was the only way ... Read full review
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