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July 1914 : countdown to war

Author: Sean McMeekin
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God's will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflict much less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McMeekin, Sean, 1974-
July 1914.
New York : Basic Books, ©2013
(OCoLC)836871434
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean McMeekin
ISBN: 9780465031450 0465031455 9781848315938 1848315937 9781848316096 1848316097 9781848316102 1848316100
OCLC Number: 808413579
Description: xviii, 461 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Dramatis personae --
Chronology --
Prologue : Sarajevo, Sunday, 28 June 1914 --
pt. 1. Reactions --
Vienna : anger, not sympathy --
St. Petersburg : no quarter given --
Paris and London : unwelcome interruption --
Berlin : sympathy and impatience --
pt. 2. Countdown --
The Count Hoyos mission to Berlin : Sunday-Monday, 5-6 July --
War council in Vienna (I) : Tuesday, 7 July --
Radio silence : 8-17 July --
Enter Sazonov : Saturday, 18 July --
War council in Vienna (II) : Sunday, 19 July --
Poincaré meets the Tsar : Monday, 20 July --
Sazonov's threat : Tuesday, 21 July --
Champagne summit : Wednesday-Thursday, 22-23 July --
Anti-ultimatum and ultimatum : Thursday, 23 July --
Sazonov strikes : Friday, 24 July --
Russia, France, and Serbia stand firm : Saturday, 25 July --
Russia prepares for war : Sunday, 26 July --
The Kaiser returns : Monday, 27 July --
"You have got me into a fine mess" : Tuesday, 28 July --
"I will not be responsible for a monstrous slaughter!" : Wednesday, 29 July --
Slaughter it is : Thursday, 30 July --
Last Chance Saloon : Friday, 31 July --
"Now you can do what you want" : Saturday, 1 August --
Britain wakes up to the danger : Sunday, 2 August --
Sir Edward Grey's big moment : Monday, 3 August --
World war, no going back : Tuesday, 4 August --
Epilogue : The question of responsibility.
Responsibility: Sean McMeekin.

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On 28 June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. A little over a month later the world was engulfed in the bloodiest conflict mankind had ever seen. How did such tragedy unfold  Read more...

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