Europe's Last Summer, Who Started The Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin

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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 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 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.





History, Nonfiction, World War I, War, European History, Politics, Military History, Military Fiction, Historical, 20th Century



Published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2004

ISBN: 0375411569

Page Count: 349