Europe Goes to War 1914

Book - 2013
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A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. 1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine-guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened? In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun. Ranging across Europe, from Paris to St. Petersberg, from Kings to corporals, Catastrophe 1914 traces how tensions across the continent kindled into a blaze of battles; not the stalemates of later trench-warfare but battles of movement and dash where Napoleonic tactics met with weapons from a newly industrialised age.
Publisher: London : William Collins, 2013.
ISBN: 9780007467648
Characteristics: xxxvii, 628 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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Mar 11, 2014

Written with a terribly strong British bias. Ludicrous to state that the motive behind the treaty with Russia was to prevent a potential conflict with a nation having a land-locked army thousands of miles away, and no serious naval presence since its war with Japan. To put forward the idea that it was not motivated by a desire to restrict German imperialism and the Kaiser's desire to challenge the British fleet in numbers and strength flies in the face of reality. Suggesting that Britain just happened to get swept up in the current generated by all those other "bad" warlike European nations is unacceptable, especially in light of the exploitative history of the British empire.

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