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Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?by David Fromkin
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When war broke out in Europe in 1914, it surprised a European population enjoying the most beautiful summer in memory. For nearly a century since, historians have debated the causes of the war. Some have cited the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; others have concluded it was unavoidable.
In Europe's Last Summer, David Fromkin provides a different answer: hostilities were commenced deliberately. In a riveting re-creation of the run-up to war, Fromkin shows how German generals, seeing war as inevitable, manipulated events to precipitate a conflict waged on their own terms. Moving deftly between diplomats, generals, and rulers across Europe, he makes the complex diplomatic negotiations accessible and immediate. Examining the actions of individuals amid larger historical forces, this is a gripping historical narrative and a dramatic reassessment of a key moment in the twentieth-century.
"[A] terrific account....Fromkin allies a direct, compulsively readable style with a daunting command of sources old and new, unrolling a complex skein of events with assurance and wit and dispatching numerous conventional wisdoms." Publishers Weekly
"The boldness of Fromkin's argument is enough to warrant attention, but his fluidity of expression guarantees a large audience for this book." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[Fromkin's] account of the war's origins, though surely arguable at many points, fills in many gaps." Kirkus Reviews
In a gripping narrative that has eerie parallels to current events, Europe's Last Summer is a striking re-creation of the start of World War I — a crucial moment in 20th-century history.
About the Author
David Fromkin is University Professor and Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of In the Time of the Americans, a History Book Club selection, and the national best-seller A Peace to End All Peace, which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize and was singled out by the New York Times Book Review as one of the thirteen “Best Books of the Year” in 1989. He lives in New York City.
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