Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 384 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

PROLOGUE
3
SIIOWDOWN IN BERLIN
17
CH PTF R I EMPIRES CLASH
21
CHPTF R 7 THE EASTERN QUESTION
49
lACEDONIAOUT OF CONTROL 6_
83
THE LAST WALTZ
113
GERMANY SIGNS A BLANK CHECK
153
CH PTF R 26 THE GREAT DECEPTION
162
THE FAIT IS NOT ACCOMPLI
185
AUGUST 1
237
CHAPTER +1 AUGUST 3
243
CHAPTER H ASSEMBLING IN THE LIBRARY
276
AUSTRIAS AR
299
The Ausrri m Note 307
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About the author (2007)

David Fromkin is University Professor and Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of In the Time of the Americans, a History Book Club selection, and the national best-seller A Peace to End All Peace, which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize and was singled out by the New York Times Book Review as one of the thirteen “Best Books of the Year” in 1989. He lives in New York City.


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