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It may be that Gavrilo Princep’s gun triggered the descent into war but this examination of the world on the brink weaves together the many other factors that led to the Great War. A meticulous examination of the politics of the era with Margaret MacMillan presenting this many layered history in a seamless narrative.
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This is the definitive history of the political, cultural, military and personal forces which shaped Europe's path to the Great War. The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century, and ending with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and - just as important - the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||First World War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Margaret MacMillan has a doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford, and is Provost of Trinity College and Professor of History, University of Toronto. Her previous books include Women of the Raj and Canada and NATO. Author photo © Rob JudgesMore About Margaret MacMillan