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Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by David Fromkin

The world of nihilistic terrorist conspiracy, paranoid empires and diplomatic opportunism that Fromkin (In the Time of the Americans) describes in this terrific account of WWI's underpinnings will seem eerily familiar to 21st-century denizens. Fromkin … see full wiki

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Author: David Fromkin
Publisher: Knopf
2 reviews about Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great...
review by . September 16, 2008
Finally, a clear explanation of how the Great War started and who did it. Late 20th century history as relayed in public education survey courses relied on vague statements of wonderment about how millions could fight and die in a world-wide struggle triggered by the assassination of an inconsequential Archduke of some type in some country in Eastern Europe.    In fact, the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife was a pretext to trigger the war that Austria-Hungary wanted …
review by . August 07, 2004
The answer to the question: "Who started the Great War in 1914?" is very easy to answer at one level and impossible to answer at another. The easy answer is that it was Gavrilo Princip, when he fired the bullets that killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo. However, nations do not send millions of their children to kill each other over one assassination, so the real answer must be elsewhere. The circumstances that caused what was first perceived to be a minor event …
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