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The Sleepwalkers How Europe Went to War in On the morning of when Archduke Franz Ferdinand his wife Sophie Chotek arrived at Sarajevo railway station Europe was at peace days later it was at war The conflict that resulted wou

  • Title: The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
  • Author: Christopher Clark
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  • Page: 423
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  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 By Christopher Clark, On the morning of 6 28 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace 37 days later, it was at war The conflict that resulted would kill than 15,000,000, destroy three empires permanently alter world history The Sleepwalkers details how the crisis leading to WWI unfolded Drawing onOn the morning of 6 28 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace 37 days later, it was at war The conflict that resulted would kill than 15,000,000, destroy three empires permanently alter world history The Sleepwalkers details how the crisis leading to WWI unfolded Drawing on fresh sources, it traces the paths to war in a minute by minute, action packed narrative that cuts among the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St Petersburg, Paris, London Belgrade Christopher Clark examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 details the mutual misunderstandings unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks How did the Balkans a peripheral region far from Europe s centers of power wealth come to be the center of a drama of such magnitude How had European nations organized themselves into opposing alliances how did these nations manage to carry out foreign policy as a result Clark reveals a Europe racked by chronic problems a fractured world of instability militancy that was, fatefully, saddled with a conspicuously ineffectual set of political leaders These rulers, who prided themselves on their modernity rationalism, stumbled thru crisis after crisis finally convinced themselves that war was the only answer Meticulously researched, The Sleepwalkers is a magisterial account of one of the most compelling dramas of modern times.

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    1. In a dugout in northern France, sometime in 1916, three British soldiers try to make sense of one of the most complicated questions of modern history PVT BALDRICK The way I see it, these days there s a war on, right and, ages ago, there wasn t a war on, right So, there must have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right and there being a war on came along So, what I want to know is how did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs CPT BLACKADDER Do you m [...]

    2. In commemoration of the Centennial of WW1, we have also set up a reading group here in GR Sleepwalkers is one of the suggested books It deals with the period before the war and is consequently centered on the causes that led to, or I should say brought about, the disaster But because it is my first book on the political aspects, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of information and baffled by the complexity of the considerations My judgment has to be taken therefore with than a pinch of salt Bu [...]

    3. For the longest time, I avoided reading about World War I because it seemed too complicated It was fought for convoluted reasons among now dead empires in a Europe and a world that is now vastly reshaped I figured my time would be better spent reading another book about Gettysburg When I finally made a concerted effort to learn about the Great War since the Centennial is fast approaching , I discovered its beginnings were actually deceptively simple The heir to the Austro Hungarian throne was as [...]

    4. Simply one of the best books on the origins of the Great War Take it from someone who wrote his master thesis on the pre war military strategies of Belgium and along the way devoted too much time to the European dimension Christopher Clark s summary of the transformation of Europe between 1879 and 1907 from non committed alliances into two military blocs in two pages plus maps is a thing of beauty The author clearly belongs to the revisionist camp His identification of the hawks within the gover [...]

    5. Tens of thousands of pages on the Great War have already been written It has been almost one hundred years now since it started, and in other parts of the world it still rages onward The current ethnic religious conflicts in Iraq and Syria, for example, are directly influenced by the boundaries scribbled on the map by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire The standard narrative of the cause of the conflict is based upon Tuchman s The Guns of August This was a world of monarchy [...]

    6. I shall never be able to understand how it happened, the novelist Rebecca West remarked to her husband as they stood on the balcony of Sarajevo Town Hall in 1936 It was not, she reflected, that there were too few facts available, but that there were too many I have a masochistic, puritan streak that tells me a serious book should be long, dry, dense and exhaustively referenced to flagellate learning into my ignorant body and soul Barbara Tuchman s sinfully enjoyable The Guns of August left me cr [...]

    7. While the dead are gone, they re not gone While the dead don t speak, they speak.St PaulWhich begs the question, what do they say to us Last week saw extensive media coverage of the various commemorations of Britain s declaration of war against Germany on August 4, 1914 Naturally, understandably, inevitably, those dignitaries invited to hold speeches on this occasion turned most of their attention to the human cost The sheer numbers are obscene, beyond anyone s understanding or imagination The b [...]

    8. Does history repeat itself A Cambridge University historian s study of the causes of World War ISix little boys tussle in a sandbox, pushing and shoving, sometimes openly, sometimes when none of the others are looking One of them, a runt, is getting the worst of it, but he s a vicious little guy and manages to hold his own within his own tiny corner of the sandbox The biggest boys exert the least effort but command the most space They all look confident, but secretly they re terrified of one ano [...]

    9. Bosnia, Herzegovina, Dalmatia, Macedonia, Transylvania the names float like ghosts over a map of early 20th century Europe It was a map in flux The Ottoman Empire was disintegrating The Austro Hungarian Empire was suddenly threatened by the unrest of it s numerous ethnic minorities Croats, Slavs, Bosnian Muslims, Slovenes, Serbs, Romanians Major European powers were jockeying for colonial dominance England in Egypt and India France in North Africa and Southeast Asia Russia sought control of the [...]

    10. As Clark points out in his Introduction, historians started debating the cause of the First World War even before it began For it did seem inevitable to many at the time, although the eventual scope resulting eventually in the mobilization of 65 million troops and ending with the destruction of three empires, 20 million military and civilian deaths, and 21 million wounded, was unanticipated Clark notes that while a few leaders warned of Armageddon and a war of extermination and the extinction o [...]

    11. Theoretically, the book is about how the various governments of continental Europe got enmeshed in World War I In fact, the book is an endless and ad nauseaum series of chapter long mini studies of a host of pre WWI crises that convulsed Europe Clark really doesn t get to the actual decision making about WWI until the very end of the book, and then treats it as little different from the other crises.Clark s theory is that foreign policy decision making in the governments of Europe was diffuse, a [...]

    12. July August 2014 will mark the Centennial anniversary of the start of World War I In commemoration, there will no doubt be a lot written and said about the Great War and how the world was changed in its wake Professor Christopher Clark of the University of Cambridge has written a book entitled The Sleepwalkers How Europe Went to War in 1914 In it, Clark scrupulously details the decisions of major and minor actors leading up to the outbreak of war and does something generally ignored by historian [...]

    13. What were the causes of World War One is perhaps the most common question in both A level and first year undergraduate history exam papers As with most questions of this type, there is no simple answer There are, though, themes and hard facts and, in this book, the distinguished historian Christopher Clark unpicks the complex, often obscure and contradictory, events leading up to August 1914 This is not an easy read, nor should it be His thesis, including the enticing thought that German aggress [...]

    14. No review could do this work justice, so this will have to suffice Clark s book is an exhaustive and intriguing history of the war s origins and outbreak Clark s story is meticulously detailed and quite dense, but still readable Still, this is not for the casual reader the narrative requires some concentration You ll get bogged down in a lot of parts, but I think it s worth it.Clark s coverage of the European alliance system is particularly good He gives us a readable account of all their motiva [...]

    15. This was a fabulous history of the run up to World War I I must admit that I am a sucker for reading books about this period It is like watching a slow developing train wreck over and over Each time you think this time it will end differently but it never does.The ideal thing about this book is that it places all of the figures in their bureaucratic process so that what looks like a really dumb decision seems logical in context He cites ample evidence to support these points Other authors with [...]

    16. This exceptionally well researched and scrupulously thoughtful book is not for the casual reader curious about the Great War While the events described are certainly dramatic, Clark aims for the rigorous examination of causes, communications and miscommunications and diplomatic juggling rather than at drama or pulse pounding narrative.Even after reading this book, I cannot begin to summarize the war s causes within a brief review in fact, that s part of Clark s point he demonstrates time and aga [...]

    17. One of the ironies of the First World War the Great War, the War to End All War is that if the major belligerent powers could agree on one thing it was that no one intended to fight a continental war over Serbia Yet, in the event, they all did, with catastrophic consequences A conflict that should have been limited to a dispute between Austria Hungary and Serbia wasn t because Serbia had an agreement with Russia and Austria Hungary had one with Germany And Russia had one with France and France w [...]

    18. A year from now, it will be August, 2014, 100 years after the beginning of World War I How that war started and what was at stake was always somewhat of a mystery to me I knew that it was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, and that somehow the Balkans were at the root of things, but beyond that all seemed remote And of course the fact that the US did not become involved until 1917 made the war seem all the remote.Christopher Clark has done a remarkable job at least [...]

    19. Simply fantastic book about the run up to World War I.Things I learned include 1 The Triple Entente, especially from the British angle, was not exclusively an anti German grouping, and was unstable at times up close to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand.2 Even than I knew before, the governmental organization of the Dual Monarchy was rickety I knew that many ministries were dual, but until reading this book, did not realize it had dual prime ministers, which was part of the delay of formulati [...]

    20. Some tried to prevent this war.Some aggressively pushed along the steps that were needed to made it happen.Some watched, seemingly helpless, as the dominoes tumbled around them.How that happened, this book lays out in detailed, compelling prose.Why that happened is gingerly evaded But the questions will not go away.I will rethink this book often, I am sure And I will probably re read it in time.Well done and well written.

    21. What is the cause of World War IGermany invaded Belgium If it were that simple, Christopher Clark wouldn t spend over 600 pages describing the events that led to the war.It s complicatedd that s an understatement Each of the leaders were indeed sleepwalkers, working in a vacuum where their point of view was perfect and other countries wouldn t intervene The war itself was going to last just a few months in their minds and somehow life would continue.As Clark states, World War I started out as th [...]

    22. A great book draws forth great reviews, and Sleepwalkers is no exception So, I m not only recommending that you read the book, but also that you read some of the top reviews of it on And because I have every confidence that you will follow my advice , I m not going to duplicate the yeoman s work other reviewers have already done explaining what is in the book and why it is brilliant Instead I m going to focus on two key points that seem to me to be often misunderstood, both here on and elsewhere [...]

    23. Christopher Clark s The Sleepwalkers How Europe Went to War in 1914 is a magnificent analysis of the years and eventually weeks and days before Europe tore itself apart Clark opens with the observation that for various political and cultural reasons the world of 1914 has become remote and foreign to our postmodern consciousness The changes in our own world have altered our perspective on the events of 1914 In the 1960s 80s, a kind of period charm accumulated in popular awareness around the event [...]

    24. Update NEE JONGENS NEE There is no smoking gun in this story or, rather, there is one in the hands of every major character Nou, ik heb er minder lang over gedaan dan de oorlog zelf duurdeDit boek is extr m gedetailleerd Dat moet ook wel want de situatie was extreem complex Het is een bericht uit een andere wereld, eentje waar koningen, keizers en tsaren elkaar telegrammen met koosnaampjes stuurden terwijl hun ministers de troepen mobiliseerden Mijn pleegvader merkte op dat het boek compleet voo [...]

    25. The causes of WW1 were so obvious when I was at school everybody could recite them shot that rang around the world impossible demands Austria x Serbia Russia x Austria Germany x Britain, France Belgium Britain x Germany But they were events that appeared to spring from nowhere, all framed as offensive by the losers and defensive by the victors.And as Clark shows, all specious In the Sleepwalkers he brings a new new to me, anyway level of understanding to the decades before 1914 It was a time of [...]

    26. World War 1 was The first calamity of the 20th Century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang The sheer complexity of the Wars origins have produced an endless debate which is still raging today than 100 years on, with over 25,000 books and articles written on the subject The Centenary of the Wars outbreak 2 years ago produced a fresh and stimulating crop, including superb offerings from Margaret MacMillan, Max Hastings and Sean MacMeekin, but Christopher Clark s Sleepwalkers must [...]

    27. Around a decade ago, during a game of Civilisation III, I realised that the alliances I and the various AI players had been forming had locked the world into two large, networked power blocs If any player were to trigger even the mildest of border skirmishes, global conflagration would ensue A chill went down my spine, and I checked the date 1912 Near enough, I thought, and attacked.The real First World War is, notoriously, far harder to account for Both the causes suggested by my virtual re ena [...]

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