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Europe's Last Summer

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Zusatztext “An absorbing history of WWI’s origins. . . . Superb.” – Newsweek “An enormously impressive book! a popular history brimming with fresh scholarship.”-- The Weekly Standard "No one has deconstructed the war quite the way Fromkin has.... Through it all are the telling details of diplomatic and military life that make the period so utterly tragic." --The Boston Globe “A crisp! lively! day-by-day account of that fateful summer . . . This book! both decisive and nuanced! is as convincing as it is appalling.” – Foreign Affairs “Excellent . . . Europe’s Last Summer never bogs down! covers the ground! and makes its points. It is also charmingly written.” – The New Criterion “Magnificent! consistently compelling. . . . Written with clarity and insight. . . . [Fromkin] masterfully guies us through the complexities of appropriate prewar and European diplomatic and military history.” – BookPage “The boldness of Formkin’s argument is enough to warrant attention! but his fluidity of expression guarantees a large audience.”– Booklist (starred) “Fromkin’s thoroughgoing account gives answers that only new research and previously too-often hidden records could provide. . . . Comes to new conclusions.”– Richmond Times-Dispatch “A fast-paced! gripping guide through the complex set of reasons and emotions that led to the 20th century’s seminal conflict.” – Informationen zum Autor David Fromkin Klappentext When war broke out in Europe in 1914! it surprised a European population enjoying the most beautiful summer in memory. For nearly a century since! historians have debated the causes of the war. Some have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; others have concluded it was unavoidable. In Europe's Last Summer! David Fromkin provides a different answer: hostilities were commenced deliberately. In a riveting re-creation of the run-up to war! Fromkin shows how German generals! seeing war as inevitable! manipulated events to precipitate a conflict waged on their own terms. Moving deftly between diplomats! generals! and rulers across Europe! he makes the complex diplomatic negotiations accessible and immediate. Examining the actions of individuals amid larger historical forces! this is a gripping historical narrative and a dramatic reassessment of a key moment in the twentieth-century. Leseprobe CHAPTER 1: EMPIRES CLASH At the start of the twentieth century Europe was at the peak of human accomplishment. In industry, technology, and science it had advanced beyond all previous societies. In wealth, knowledge, and power it exceeded any civilization that ever had existed. Europe is almost the smallest of the continents: 3 or 4 million square miles in extent, depending on how you define its eastern frontiers. By contrast, the largest continent, Asia, has 17 million square miles. Indeed, some geographers viewed Europe as a mere peninsula of Asia. Yet, by the beginning of the 1900s, the Great Powers of Europe-a mere handful of countries-had come to rule most of the earth. Between them, Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Russia dominated Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and even substantial parts of the Western Hemisphere. Of what little remained, much belonged to less powerful European states: Belgium, Holland, Portugal, and Spain. When all of its empires were added together, Europe spanned the globe. But the European empires were of greatly unequal size and strength, an imbalance that led to instability; and as they were rivals, their leaders were continuously matching them against one another in their minds, trying to guess who would defeat whom in case of war and with whom, therefore, it would be best to ally. Military prowess was seen as a supreme value in an age that mistakenly believ...

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Authors David Fromkin
Publisher Vintage USA
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 08.03.2005
EAN 9780375725753
ISBN 978-0-375-72575-3
No. of pages 384
Dimensions 130 mm x 203 mm x 20 mm
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > General, dictionaries
Non-fiction book

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