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July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914 - Thomas Otte
July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914
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This is a magisterial new account of Europe's tragic descent into a largely inadvertent war in the summer of 1914. Thomas Otte reveals why a century-old system of Great Power politics collapsed so disastrously in the weeks from the 'shot heard around the world' on June 28th to Germany's... show more
This is a magisterial new account of Europe's tragic descent into a largely inadvertent war in the summer of 1914. Thomas Otte reveals why a century-old system of Great Power politics collapsed so disastrously in the weeks from the 'shot heard around the world' on June 28th to Germany's declaration of war on Russia on August 1st. He shows definitively that the key to understanding how and why Europe descended into world war is to be found in the near-collective failure of statecraft by the rulers of Europe and not in abstract concepts such as the 'balance of power' or the 'alliance system'. In this unprecedented panorama of Europe on the brink, from the ministerial palaces of Berlin and Vienna to Belgrade, London, Paris and St Petersburg, Thomas Otte reveals the hawks and doves whose decision-making led to a war that would define a century and which still reverberates today.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781107064904 (1107064902)
ASIN: 1107064902
Pages no: 500
Edition language: English
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4.0 July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914
July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914 is an ambitious book, and makes an interesting read - for those of us who are seriously into either World War I or diplomatic history. (I like both, as it happens.) Thomas Otte tells us the story of that summer, starting with assassination-as...
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3.5 July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914 by Thomas Otte
bookshelves: e-book, ipad, nonfiction, published-2014, net-galley, wwi, war, skim-through Read from April 03 to June 22, 2014 Description: An unprecedented panorama of Europe on the brinkJuly 1914 is a definitive account of the crisis that led to the First World War. Offering a multi-national p...
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