Description The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict. Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.
Sleepwalkers - Staff Choice by Marten I havenít read many books on the First World War but it would surprise me if this is not one of the very best. Sleepwalkers examines the machinations at the top of the decision-making process of each individual belligerent power in the period running up to the First World War. The book is not for people who like a clear black-and-white depiction of history or those looking for stories of sacrifice and heroism. Although Sleepwalkers is really a joy to read, it remains a 700+ page history book. Itís not for everyone.
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