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July 1914

Countdown to War
McMeekin, Sean (Book - 2013 )
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When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God's will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflict much less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would fundamentally reshape the course of human events. As the author, a historian reveals in July 1914, World War I might have been avoided entirely had it not been for a small group of statesmen who, in the month after the assassination, plotted to use Ferdinand's murder as the trigger for a long-awaited showdown in Europe. The primary culprits, moreover, have long escaped blame. While most accounts of the war's outbreak place the bulk of responsibility on German and Austro-Hungarian militarism, the author draws on new evidence from archives across Europe to show that the worst offenders were actually to be found in Russia and France, whose belligerence and duplicity ensured that war was inevitable. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, each of the men involved, from Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold von Berchtold and German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov and French president Raymond Poincare sought to capitalize on the fallout from Ferdinand's murder, unwittingly leading Europe toward the greatest cataclysm it had ever seen. A revolutionary account of the genesis of World War I, this book tells the story of Europe's countdown to war from the bloody opening act on June 28th to Britain's final plunge on August 4th, showing how a single month, and a handful of men changed the course of the twentieth-century.
Authors: McMeekin, Sean, 1974-
Title: July 1914
countdown to war
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2013]
Characteristics: xviii, 461 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Dramatis personae
Chronology
Prologue : Sarajevo, Sunday, 28 June 1914
pt. 1. Reactions
Vienna : anger, not sympathy
St. Petersburg : no quarter given
Paris and London : unwelcome interruption
Berlin : sympathy and impatience
pt. 2. 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.
Summary: When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God's will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflict much less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would fundamentally reshape the course of human events. As the author, a historian reveals in July 1914, World War I might have been avoided entirely had it not been for a small group of statesmen who, in the month after the assassination, plotted to use Ferdinand's murder as the trigger for a long-awaited showdown in Europe. The primary culprits, moreover, have long escaped blame. While most accounts of the war's outbreak place the bulk of responsibility on German and Austro-Hungarian militarism, the author draws on new evidence from archives across Europe to show that the worst offenders were actually to be found in Russia and France, whose belligerence and duplicity ensured that war was inevitable. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, each of the men involved, from Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold von Berchtold and German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov and French president Raymond Poincare sought to capitalize on the fallout from Ferdinand's murder, unwittingly leading Europe toward the greatest cataclysm it had ever seen. A revolutionary account of the genesis of World War I, this book tells the story of Europe's countdown to war from the bloody opening act on June 28th to Britain's final plunge on August 4th, showing how a single month, and a handful of men changed the course of the twentieth-century.
Local Note: 1 6 15 29 53 109 118 122 133 138 216 226 262
ISBN: 0465031455
9780465031450
Statement of Responsibility: Sean McMeekin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-443) and index.
Subject Headings: Europe History July Crisis, 1914. World War, 1914-1918 Causes.
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: McMeekin, Sean, 1974- July 1914. New York : Basic Books, ♭2013 9780465056996 (OCoLC)836871434
LCCN: 2012049777
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