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    DescriptionOn the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace. Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that resulted would kill more than fifteen million people, destroy three empires, and permanently alter world history.The Sleepwalkers reveals in gripping detail how the crisis leading to World War I unfolded. Drawing on fresh sources, it traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts among the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade. Distinguished historian Christopher Clark examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.How did the Balkans--a peripheral region far from Europe's centers of power and wealth--come to be the center of a drama of such magnitude? How had European nations organized themselves into opposing alliances, and how did these nations manage to carry out foreign policy as a result? Clark reveals a Europe racked by chronic problems--a fractured world of instability and militancy that was, fatefully, saddled with a conspicuously ineffectual set of political leaders. These rulers, who prided themselves on their modernity and rationalism, stumbled through crisis after crisis and finally convinced themselves that war was the only answer.Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Sleepwalkers is a magisterial account of one of the most compelling dramas of modern times.


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    Title
    The Sleepwalkers
    Subtitle
    How Europe Went to War in 1914
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) University Christopher Clark
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 697
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061146664
    ISBN 10: 0061146668
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBWN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T Approval Code: A14204054
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 940.3/11
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027090
    B&T Approval Code: A15200300
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 940.311
    Libri: ERST3000, WELT1024, WELT2600
    DC21: 940.311
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: D511 .C54 2014
    Thema V1.0: NHWR5, NHD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    HARPER PERENNIAL
    Imprint name
    HARPER PERENNIAL
    Publication date
    18 March 2014
    Review quote
    "One of 2013's finest nonfiction books. . . . Offers more up-to-date scholarship than you'll find in a classic like Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August"."--Matthew Yglesias, Slate