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July 1914 : countdown to war

Author: Sean McMeekin
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When an assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, no one could have imagined the shocking bloodshed that would soon follow. Indeed, [the author] reveals in [his book], World War I might indeed have been avoided entirely had it not been for the actions of a small group of statesmen in the month after the assassination. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, these men  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean McMeekin
ISBN: 0465060749 9780465060740
OCLC Number: 853310558
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in 2013.
Includes chronology.
Description: xviii, 460 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue : Sarajevo : Sunday, 28 June 1914 --
Reactions. Vienna : anger, not sympathy --
St. Petersburg : no quarter given --
Paris and London : unwelcome interruption --
Berlin : sympathy and impatience --
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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"When an assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, no one could have imagined the shocking bloodshed that would soon follow. Indeed, [the author] reveals in [his book], World War I might indeed have been avoided entirely had it not been for the actions of a small group of statesmen in the month after the assassination. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, these men sought to capitalize on the fallout from Ferdinand's murder, unwittingly leading Europe toward the greatest cataclysm it had ever seen. A deeply-researched account of the genesis of World War I, [this book] tells the ... story of the month that changed the course of the 20th century"--Publisher's description.

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