July 1914

McMeekin, Sean

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On 28 June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. A little over a month later the world was engulfed in the bloodiest conflict mankind had ever seen. How did such tragedy unfold so quickly? Num Pages: 560 pages, black & white illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1D; 3JJF; HBLW; HBWN; JPWL1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 153 x 40. Weight in Grams: 844. . 2013. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # 9781848315938

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Synopsis: 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 acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin 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, McMeekin draws on surprising 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 Poincaré 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, July 1914 tells the gripping 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.

About the Author: Sean McMeekin is an assistant professor of history at Koç University. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books, including The Russian Origins of the First World War, which won the World War One Historical Association’s Tomlinson Prize, and The Berlin to Baghdad Express, which won the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies’ Barbara Jelavich Book Prize. McMeekin lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Book Description Icon Books Ltd, London, England, 2013. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 461 pages, index, bibliography, notes, black & white photographs, maps. A groundbreaking new history of the catastrophic month, 99 years ago, when a political assassination triggered the world's bloodiest conflict yet known. Popular historian Sean McMeekin's story of Europe's countdown to war, told through the eyes of men who, even a century later, still seem larger than life. We meet the brooding Habsburg heir Archduke Ferdinand, the fanatical Bosnian Serb assassins plotting his murder, and the Austrians seeking to exploit his death, recklessly encouraged by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov was trying to live down a reputation for cowardice, abetted by two French statesmen. Winston Churchill, alone among Cabinet officials in London, saw the threat in time to take action. It is not true that, as often claimed, no one wanted conflict. Individual statesmen conjured up the conflict - some oozing with malice as they rigged the decks for war. Groundbreaking and powerful, July 1914 makes clear as never before the men responsible for the horrors of the First World War. Bookseller Inventory # 341367

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