The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

by Christopher Clark
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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 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 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, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062199225
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 85,865
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Christopher Clark is a professor of modern European history and a fellow of St. Catharine's College at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947, among other books.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those imbeciles who choose to play (at times) vulgar story games with other imbeciles should be permanently blocked from writing reviews. Those of us who earnestly want to know other reader responses find you boring and useless. Also, you skew the reader ratings for everyone. Barnes and Noble should take more care about what goes on this spac! Excellent study of the beginnings o WWI. Diplomancy failed and too eager did the world plunge into a war with horrific consequences they could not have foreseen as up until this point there had never been a war of this scope at any time in human history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the WW I relative novice like me, this astonishingly detailed, 584-page book (plus another 150 or so of notes) can be daunting at first. Just trying to keep track of the main characters (apart from the wild and wacky Wilhelm II or the allegedly dimwitted Nicholas II, apparently a nose-picker) was very difficult. However, immersing oneself in this book leaves one with a tapestry-like impression of the chaotic domestic politics of pre-WW I Europe, and, as another reviewer said, how the world bumbled into the war. For the history buff, I'd say this is overall a rewarding read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clark brings to life the myriad of characters that played a role in bumbling the world into The First World War. It would be comical how these macho men misunderstood each other expect for the catastrophe they wrought. The book shows how everybody involved,Serbian,Russian,French,German,Austrian were equally culpable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From this book I learned that WWI was created by a few ego's and a fractal decision tree that branched into an odd but extreme position  that became WWI.  What was it 60 million casualties from a war that just sort of happened?   This book convinced me the war could have just as easily not happened. It lays all of this out and the 'great powers' mentality of the day,  something we of this age never experienced. The book is detailed and intricate, but this is necessary.   What I read gave me insights to drivers in today's conflicts and the possible recurrence of competing great powers in the future.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot, but at the cost of much fighting to keep my eyes open.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written Like a history book.
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OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
Excellent study of the origins of the Great War. You can reach your own conclusion about which country was most responsible for the apocalypse.
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B-2 More than 1 year ago
Detailed and scholarly but tedious. I like history and was looking  for a  good review book about WWI.   I found "Sleepwalkers"  very well researched and detailed,  but difficult to follow and  meticulous  to the point of being almost unreadable for an amateur like myself.  I think I'll try Max Hasting's book Instead.I grade books as Buy and Keep ( BK), Read a Library Copy (RLC) and Once-I-Put-It-Down-I-Couldn’t-Pick-It-Up (OIPD-ICPU).  This one,   I'm sorry to say, was OIPD-ICPU.