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The lions of July : prelude to war, 1914

Author: William Jannen
Publisher: Novato, CA : Presidio, ©1996.
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The Lions of July is a sweeping study of the series of events that begins with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, and culminates in the slaughter of the First World War. Europe's leaders were trapped by their shared history: vivid memories of past aggressions, some going back centuries. From inside war rooms, secret council chambers and throne rooms  Read more...
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Jannen, William, 1930-
Lions of July.
Novato, CA : Presidio, ©1996
(OCoLC)604529838
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Jannen
ISBN: 0891415696 9780891415695
OCLC Number: 32590953
Description: xxiii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Encounter in Meran, 1926 --
pt. I. Another Royal Murder. 1. Assassination Sunday (Sarajevo and Vienna, 28 June 1941). 2. Belgrade and Vienna (28 June-4 July). 3. Are We Covered by the Germans? (Vienna, 1-4 July). 4. The Emperor and the Field Marshal (5 July) --
pt. II. A Calculated Risk. 5. Kaiser Wilhelm II (All-Highest Warlord). 6. The Blank Check (Berlin, 5-6 July). 7. Second Thoughts (Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, 7-8 July). 8. A Note With a Time Limit (Vienna, 7-19 July) --
pt. III. The Dreamworld of July. 9. Lichnowsky and Grey (London, 6-9 July). 10. Jagow (Berlin, 9-20 July). 11. Poincare and the Russians (16-23 July). 12. No Serious Complications are to be Feared (Europe, 28 June-23 July) --
pt. IV. You Have Forty-Eight Hours. 13. Belgrade (23-24 July). 14. What Do the Russians Think? (24-25 July). 15. What Is Going On? (Paris and London, 23-25 July) --
pt. V. Negotiations. 16. The Serbian Answer Is Unacceptable (25 July). 17. The View from the Hohenzollern (Norway and the North Sea, 7-27 July). 18. There Must be a Way (Europe, 26-27 July). 19. The English Mediation Proposal (27 July) --
pt. VI. The Iron Dice Begin to Roll. 20. Austria-Hungary Declares War on Serbia (Vienna, 28 July). 21. The Tsar Decides Not to Decide (St. Petersburg, Early Morning to Late Night, 28 July). 22. The Kaiser Sees No Reason For War (Berlin, Early Morning to Late Night, 28 July) --
pt. VII. Is Russia Mobilizing? 23. The Cult of the Offensive. 24. The Russian Partial Mobilization (29 July). 25. The View From Paris (Poincare and Viviani Return). 26. The View From Rome (The Marchese di San Giuliano). 27. The View From London (Prime Minister Asquith) --
pt. VIII. Stop-In-Belgrade! 28. The View From Berlin (29 July). 29. The View From Nish (30 July). 30. Russia Must Move First (Berlin, 30 July). 31. Vienna Defies Berlin (30 July) --
pt. IX. The Russian General Mobilization. 32. Mobilization Does Not Mean War (30-31 July). 33. "What is the Point of War?" (31 July). 34. The German Ultimatum (31 July). 35. France Must Not Face Germany Alone (Friday, 31 July, to Saturday Morning, 1 August). 36. France Mobilizes (1 August) --
X. The Logic of Madness: The Schlieffen Plan. 37. The British Are Not Coming In! (1 August). 38. Germany Declares War on Russia (1-2 August). 39. Belgium and Britain (2 August). 40. The German Invasion of Belgium (2-4 August) --
pt. XI. Great Britain and Austria-Hungry Enter the Great War. 41. Ringing Bells and Wringing Hands (2-4 August). 42. Great Britain Goes to War (4 August). 43. Finally, Austria (3-12 August) --
pt. XII. Retrospect. 44. We Had No Choice --
Appendix: Calendar, 28 June to 12 August 1914.
Responsibility: William Jannen, Jr.

Abstract:

The Lions of July is a sweeping study of the series of events that begins with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, and culminates in the slaughter of the First World War. Europe's leaders were trapped by their shared history: vivid memories of past aggressions, some going back centuries. From inside war rooms, secret council chambers and throne rooms around Europe, historian William Jannen vividly describes how a traditional, leisurely, and largely aristocratic diplomacy broke down as monarchs, ministers, and diplomats, overwhelmed by fear and tension and the sheer pace of events, gradually lost control and stumbled into war. The failure of the great men of Europe to preserve peace resulted in the death of empires, along with millions of their subjects, bringing the old world order crashing down and sending echoes through time that still reverberate today. This inspired, masterful work brings the tragic summer of 1914 to life. Herein, author Jannen demonstrates that no single action or decision ever stands by itself. Like Barbara Tuchman's classic book The Guns of August, William Jannen's The Lions of July is fundamental to the comprehension of the history of our time.

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