New Stuff Tuesday – July 8, 2014

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
D511 .C54 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

June 28, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. That day is also my mother’s birthday so I always remembered that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated on that day. It was never very clear to me why this started a world war and which countries were involved. Many new books have come out to mark the centenary of the war and The Sleepwalkers is especially useful for explaining the context. The author emphasizes the “how” and not the “why.” He believes that focusing on the why leads to blaming and he wants to explain not blame. The book is well written and interesting and it helped me understand the origins of the First World War. The book includes a very clear map which makes it easier to understand the geography. This is a good starting point for anyone curious about the “Great War.”

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