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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Europe's last summer.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
David Fromkin; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
|Description:||xi, 349 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||Out of the blue --
The importance of the question --
A summer to remember --
Part 1: Europe's tensions. Empires clash ; Classes struggle ; Nations quarrel ; Countries arm ; Zarathustra prophesies ; Diplomats align --
Part 2: Walking through minefields. The Eastern Question ; A challenge for the Archduke ; Explosive Germany --
Part 3: Drifting toward war. Macedonia--out of control ; Austria--first off the mark ; France and Germany make their play ; Italy grasps--then the Balkans do too ; The Slavic tide ; Europe goes to the brink ; More Balkan tremors ; An American tries to stop it --
Part 4: Murder!. The last waltz ; In the land of the assassins ; The Russian connection ; The terrorists strike ; Europe yawns ; Disposing of the bodies ; Rounding up the suspects --
Part 5: Telling lies. Germany signs a blank check ; The great deception ; Berchtold runs out of time ; The secret is kept --
Part 6: Crisis!. The fait is not accompli ; Presenting an ultimatum ; Serbia more or less accepts --
Part 7: Countdown. Showdown in Berlin ; July 26 ; July 27 ; July 28 ; July 29 ; July 30 ; July 31 ; August 1 ; August 2 ; August 3 ; August 4 ; Shredding the evidence --
Part 8: The mystery solved. Assembling in the library ; What did not happen ; The key to what happened ; What was it about? ; Who could have prevented it? ; Who started it? ; Could it happen again? ; Summing up --
Epilogue. Austria's war ; Germany's war.
|Other Titles:||Who started the Great War in 1914?|
Draws on current scholarship to argue that hostilities that led to World War I were started intentionally, describing the negotiations and personalities of key leaders that contributed to the failure of diplomatic efforts.