The sleepwalkers How Europe went to war in 1914

Christopher M. Clark

Sound recording - 2014

"The Sleepwalkers is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict. Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, S...t. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and he 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" --

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Published
[Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media 2014.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
20 audio discs (approximately 25 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781494506537
149450653X
Main Author
Christopher M. Clark (author)
Other Authors
Derek Perkins (narrator)
  • Roads to Sarajevo. Serbian ghosts. Murder in Belgrade ; 'Irresponsible elements' ; Mental maps ; Separation ; Escalation ; Three Turkish wars ; The conspiracy ; Nikola Pašić reacts ; The empire without qualities. Conflict and equilibrium ; The chess players ; Lies and forgeries ; Deceptive calm ; Hawks and doves
  • One continent divided. The polarization of Europe, 1887-1907. Dangerous liaison : the Franco-Russian Alliance ; The Judgement of Paris ; The end of British neutrality ; Belated empire : Germany ; The Great Turning Point? ; Painting the devil on the wall ; The many voices of european foreign policy. Sovereign decision-makers; Who governed in St Petersburg? ; Who governed in Paris? ; Who governed in Berlin? ; The troubled supremacy of Sir Edward Grey ; The Agadir Crisis of 1911 ; Soldiers and civilians ; The press and public opinion ; The fluidity of power ; Balkan entanglements. Air strikes on Libya ; Balkan helter-skelter ; The wobbler ; The Balkan Winter Crisis of 1912-13 ; Bulgaria or Serbia? ; Austria's troubles ; The Balkanization of the Franco-Russian Alliance ; Paris forces the pace ; Poincaré under pressure ; Last chances : détente and danger, 1912-1914. The limits of détente ; 'Now or never' ; Germans on the Bosphorus ; The Balkan inception scenario ; A crisis of masculinity? ; How open was the future? ; Murder in Sarajevo. The assassination ; Flashbulb moments ; The investigation begins ; Serbian responses ; What is to be done? ; The widening circle. Reactions abroad ; Count Hoyos goes to Berlin ; The road to the Austrian ultimatum ; The strange death of Nikolai Hartwig ; The French in St Petersburg. Count de Robien changes trains ; M. Poincaré sails to Russia ; The poker game ; The ultimatum. Austria demands ; Serbia responds ; A 'local war' begins ; Warning shots. Firmness prevails ; 'Its' war this time' ; Russian reasons ; :Last days. A strange light falls upon the map of Europe ; Poincaré returns to Paris ; Russia mobilizes ; The leap into the dark ; 'There must be some misunderstanding' ; The tribulations of Paul Cambon ; Britain intervenes ; Belgium ; Boots.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Sleepwalkers is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and he 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.Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe's descent into a war that tore the world apart.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Sleepwalkers is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and he 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.Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe's descent into a war that tore the world apart.