The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

How Europe Went to War in 1914

eBook - 2013
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Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780062199225
0062199226
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxi, 697 p.) : ill., maps, ports.
Contents: Roads to Sarajevo. Serbian ghosts. Murder in Belgrade ; 'Irresponsible elements' ; Mental maps ; Separation ; Escalation ; Three Turkish wars ; The conspiracy ; Nikola Pašić reacts ; The empire without qualities. Conflict and equilibrium ; The chess players ; Lies and forgeries ; Deceptive calm ; Hawks and doves
One continent divided. The polarization of Europe, 1887-1907. Dangerous liaison : the Franco-Russian Alliance ; The Judgement of Paris ; The end of British neutrality ; Belated empire : Germany ; The Great Turning Point? ; Painting the devil on the wall ; The many voices of european foreign policy. Sovereign decision-makers; Who governed in St Petersburg? ; Who governed in Paris? ; Who governed in Berlin? ; The troubled supremacy of Sir Edward Grey ; The Agadir Crisis of 1911 ; Soldiers and civilians ; The press and public opinion ; The fluidity of power ; Balkan entanglements. Air strikes on Libya ; Balkan helter-skelter ; The wobbler ; The Balkan Winter Crisis of 1912-13 ; Bulgaria or Serbia? ; Austria's troubles ; The Balkanization of the Franco-Russian Alliance ; Paris forces the pace ; Poincaré under pressure ; Last chances : détente and danger, 1912-1914. The limits of détente ; 'Now or never' ; Germans on the Bosphorus ; The Balkan inception scenario ; A crisis of masculinity? ; How open was the future? ; Murder in Sarajevo. The assassination ; Flashbulb moments ; The investigation begins ; Serbian responses ; What is to be done? ; The widening circle. Reactions abroad ; Count Hoyos goes to Berlin ; The road to the Austrian ultimatum ; The strange death of Nikolai Hartwig ; The French in St Petersburg. Count de Robien changes trains ; M. Poincaré sails to Russia ; The poker game ; The ultimatum. Austria demands ; Serbia responds ; A 'local war' begins ; Warning shots. Firmness prevails ; 'Its' war this time' ; Russian reasons ; :Last days. A strange light falls upon the map of Europe ; Poincaré returns to Paris ; Russia mobilizes ; The leap into the dark ; 'There must be some misunderstanding' ; The tribulations of Paul Cambon ; Britain intervenes ; Belgium ; Boots.

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reader4life89
Feb 06, 2015

This is a very thorough book but because it is so thorough it was not easy to get through. Definitely eye opening and very interesting in some parts.

The situation was so complex and multilayered and the actors had complex intentions with regards to each other.

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pauldc2000
Dec 12, 2014

way too detailed. Failed the 50 page test.

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horthhill
Jul 18, 2014

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark was quite impressive; at least to me who knew very little about how the First World War started. Of course, I became interested because this is the centenary of the beginning. I more or less read the book during the very same period - a century later- that the book covers: 28 June to 04 August 1914. The beginning and the cause of the beginning was certainly very complex, to say the least.

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HROPERTZ
Feb 14, 2014

There are over 25000 books, articles and documents on the First World War. If you have time for reading only book, Mr Clark's well documented and balanced book is the one!

KenJohnson Nov 12, 2013

Recommended! An excellent description of how politicians and rulers
impose their narrow beliefs on history resulting in the deaths of millions. WWI resulted from the lack of will to communicate, not the lack of methods.

It wasn't the Serbs or the banks which lead to the war - it was the leaders going willingly along a path to believe the war would not happen or that it could be won.

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threelions
May 08, 2013

very easy read, If you like this subject this is one you must read.

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