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The Sleepwalkers

How Europe Went to War in 1914
Clark, Christopher M. (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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An authoritative chronicle, drawing on new research on World War I, traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute narrative that examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914.

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One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.



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Illustrated with dozens of black-and-white photos, this authoritative chronicle, drawing on new research on World War I, traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, fast-paced narrative that examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914. 25,000 first printing.

Authors: Clark, Christopher M.
Title: The sleepwalkers
how Europe went to war in 1914
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
Characteristics: xxxi, 697 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books."
ISBN: 9780061146657
006114665X
9780062223326
0062223321
Statement of Responsibility: Christopher Clark
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: World War, 1914-1918 Causes World War, 1914-1918 Diplomatic history HISTORY / Military / World War I HISTORY / Europe / General Europe Politics and government 1871-1918
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
HISTORY Military World War I
HISTORY Europe General
LCCN: 2012038473
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Jul 18, 2014
  • horthhill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark was quite impressive; at least to me who knew very little about how the First World War started. Of course, I became interested because this is the centenary of the beginning. I more or less read the book during the very same period - a century later- that the book covers: 28 June to 04 August 1914. The beginning and the cause of the beginning was certainly very complex, to say the least.

Jun 18, 2014
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Quite an eye opening book: not easy to read because it is so thorough; but fascinating as it brings to life many characters, major and minor. I haven't realized just how complex and loaded the situation in Europe has been at the turn of the century, and how strange alliances have been created amongst countries of Europe and beyond. The narrative in three parts starts before the turn of the century, and culminates in July 1914 events and their immediate aftershock. The title fits; most history enthusiasts likely know why.

Feb 14, 2014
  • HROPERTZ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There are over 25000 books, articles and documents on the First World War. If you have time for reading only book, Mr Clark's well documented and balanced book is the one!

Recommended! An excellent description of how politicians and rulers
impose their narrow beliefs on history resulting in the deaths of millions. WWI resulted from the lack of will to communicate, not the lack of methods.

It wasn't the Serbs or the banks which lead to the war - it was the leaders going willingly along a path to believe the war would not happen or that it could be won.

Sep 10, 2013
  • dyfdd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very well paced reveal of some of the individuals and circumstances that led to the final decisions that sparked the war. It does well in unraveling much of the complexity that existed at the time. It is also quite revealing how much of what happened then still resonates today, especially with regard to the recent conflicts in the Balkans. True, he doesn't cover ever element that was in play, such as the financial markets and players, but those would be for a book giving a different perspective on the lead-up to the war.

To read this book is to read the status quo, that history which they wish for the masses to accept, their popular story. Not to know that Paul Warburg was the vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve (he was offered the chairmanship, but turned it down as being "too public"), and a presidential advisor, while his brother, Max Warburg, was the head of the German central bank and advisor to Kaiser Wilhelm. Not to understand the reasons for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and what documents had been placed in his possession leading up to it (thanks to lightning striking a horse-riding courrier), is to accept the popular fantasy. Negative rating.

May 08, 2013
  • threelions rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very easy read, If you like this subject this is one you must read.

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