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Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Moltke Did It

    The standard approach to the start of 'The Great War' is that the murder of the heir to the Hapsburg throne was the act that started the European powers down the slippery slope of war. Alliances, rivalries and military plans created diplomatic gridlock from which war was unavoidable. Professor Fromkin presents a different picture. Both German and Austrian leaders viewed time as working against them. The Prussian General Staff viewed Russia as its main threat, a threat growing stronger each year. Austria likewise viewed Serbia as a threat that would only grow stronger. Both planned a preemptive wars and the murder in Serajevo gave them the excuse. Austria only wanted to fight Serbia, but Germany hijacked thier diplomatic efforts and turned the Austrian's small war into a general European War. This is a very readable and enjoyable accounting of the steps leading to war. This book profits from a longer perspective on the events of 1914 and the Great War's impact on the 20th century.

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    Posted May 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    An easy read considering how heavy the topic is. I've never bel

    An easy read considering how heavy the topic is. I've never believed Germany was totally to blame for the war (as stated in Versailles) and this book concentrates on that thesis, so I disagree with much of it. However, one should always learn new information and there's plenty of that here. Making out Moltke as the bad guy seems a bit far-fetched. To believe Fromkin, one has to buy into the logic that Germans wanted war and the sooner the better soas to wipe out a Russian threat. However, clearly backward Russia was never a great threat in 1914, so the thesis seems to fall apart to those who choose to look beyond Fromkin. Still, the interplay between Germany and Austria (the real villain in this tragedy) is rather intriguing.

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