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Europe's last summer : who started the Great War in 1914?

Author: David Fromkin
Publisher: New York : Vintage eBooks, [2010]
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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. David Fromkin provides a different answer: hostilities were commenced deliberately. In a re-creation of the run-up to  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Fromkin
ISBN: 9780307425782 0307425789
OCLC Number: 681335784
Description: 1 online resource (331 pages) : 1 map
Contents: Out of the blue --
The importance of the question --
A summer to remember --
Part 1: Europe's tensions --
1. Empires clash --
2. Classes struggle --
3. Nations quarrel --
4. Countries arm --
5. Zarathustra prophesies --
6. Diplomats align --
Part 2: Walking through minefields --
7. The eastern question --
8. A challenge for the Archduke --
9. Explosive Germany --
Part 3: Drifting toward war --
10. Macedonia-out of control --
11. Austria-first off the mark --
12. France and Germany make their play --
13. Italy grasps: then the Balkans do too --
14. The Slavic tide --
15. Europe goes to the brink --
16. More Balkan tremors --
17. An American tries to stop it --
Part 4: Murder! --
18. The last waltz --
19. In the land of the assassins --
20. The Russian connection --
21. The terrorists strike --
22. Europe yawns --
23. Disposing of the bodies --
24. Rounding up the suspects --
Part 5: Telling lies --
25: Germany signs a blank check --
26. The great deception --
27. Berchtold runs out of time --
28. The secret is kept --
Part 6: Crisis! --
29. The fait is not accompli --
30. Presenting an ultimatum --
31. Serbia more or less accepts --
Part 7: Countdown --
32. Showdown in Berlin --
33. July 26 --
34. July 27 --
35. July 28 --
36. July 29 --
37. July 30 --
38. July 31 --
39. August 1 --
40. August 2 --
41. August 3 --
42. August 4 --
43. Shredding the evidence --
Part 8: The mystery solved --
44. Assembling in the library --
45. What did not happen --
46. The key to what happened --
47. What was it about? --
48. Who could have prevented it? --
49. Who started it? --
50. Could it happen again? --
51. Summing up --
52. Austria's war --
53. Germany's war.
Other Titles: Who started the Great War in 1914?
Responsibility: David Fromkin.

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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. David Fromkin provides a different answer: hostilities were commenced deliberately. In a 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.

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