July 1914: Countdown to War

July 1914: Countdown to War

Sean McMeekin


When a Serbian-backed murderer gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in overdue June 1914, the area appeared unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s personal uncle, Franz Josef I, used to be significantly ambivalent concerning the loss of life of the Hapsburg inheritor, asserting easily, “It is God’s will.” definitely, there has been not anything to indicate that the episode might bring about conflict—much much less an international warfare of such sizeable and terrible proportions that it is going to essentially reshape the process human events.

As acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin finds in July 1914, global struggle i'd were kept away from totally had it no longer been for a small workforce of statesmen who, within the month after the assassination, plotted to take advantage of Ferdinand’s homicide because the set off for a long-awaited showdown in Europe. the first culprits, in addition, have lengthy escaped blame. whereas so much debts of the war’s outbreak position the majority of accountability on German and Austro-Hungarian militarism, McMeekin attracts on unbelievable new proof from data throughout Europe to teach that the worst offenders have been really to be present in Russia and France, whose belligerence and duplicity ensured that battle used to be inevitable.
Whether they plotted for warfare or rode the whirlwind approximately blind, all the males involved—from Austrian overseas Minister Leopold von Berchtold and German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to Russian international Minister Sergei Sazonov and French president Raymond Poincaré—sought to capitalize at the fallout from Ferdinand’s homicide, unwittingly prime Europe towards the best cataclysm it had ever seen.

A progressive account of the genesis of global battle I, July 1914 tells the gripping tale of Europe’s countdown to warfare from the bloody commencing act on June twenty eighth to Britain’s ultimate plunge on August 4th, displaying how a unmarried month—and a handful of men—changed the process the 20 th century.

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