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The Sleepwalkers view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler Tens of thousands of pages on the Great War have already been written It has been almost one hundred years now since it started, and in other parts of the world it still rages onward The current ethnic religious conflicts in Iraq and Syria, for example, are directly influenced by the boundaries scribbled on the map by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire The standard narrative of the cause of the conflict is based upon Tuchman s The Guns of August This was a world of mona Tens of thousands of pages on the Great War have already been written It has been almost one hundred years now since it started, and in other parts of the world it still rages onward The current ethnic religious con The Moments That It Took Gavrilo Princip To Step Forward To The Stalled Car And Shoot Dead Franz Ferdinand And His Wife Were Perhaps The Most Fateful Of The Modern Era An Act Of Terrorism Of Staggering Efficiency, It Fulfilled Its Every Aim It Would Liberate Bosnia From Habsburg Rule And It Created A Powerful New Serbia, But It Also Brought Down Four Great Empires, Killed Millions Of Men And Destroyed A Civilization What Made A Seemingly Prosperous And Complacent Europe So Vulnerable To The Impact Of This Assassination In The Sleepwalkers , Christopher Clark Retells The Story Of The Outbreak Of The First World War And Its Causes Above All, It Shows How The Failure To Understand The Seriousness Of The Chaotic, Near Genocidal Fighting In The Balkans Would Drag Europe Into Catastrophe. Simply one of the best books on the origins of the Great War Take it from someone who wrote his master thesis on the pre war military strategies of Belgium and along the way devoted too much time to the European dimension Christopher Clark s summary of the transformation of Europe between 1879 and 1907 from non committed alliances into two military I shall never be able to understand how it happened, the novelist Rebecca West remarked to her husband as they stood on the balcony of Sarajevo Town Hall in 1936 It was not, she reflected, that there were too few facts available, but that there were too many I have a masochistic, puritan streak that tells me a serious book should be long, dry, dense and exhaustively referenced to flagellate learning into my ignorant body and soul Barbara Tuchman s sinfully enjoyable The Guns of August left I shall never be able to understand how it happened, the novelist Rebecca West remarked to her husband as they stood on the balcony of Sarajevo Town Hall in 1936 It was not, she reflected, that there were too few facts available, but that there were too many I have a masochistic, puritan streak that tells me a serious book should be long, dry, dense and exhaustively referenced to flagellate learning into my ignorant body and soul Barbara Tuchman s sinfully enjoyable The Guns of August left me craving punishment Christopher Clark , 1870 , 1870 , While the dead are gone, they re not gone While the dead don t speak, they speak St PaulWhich begs the question, what do they say to us Last week saw extensive media coverage of the various commemorations of Britain s declaration of war against Germany on August 4, 1914 Naturally, understandably, inevitably, those dignitaries invited to hold speeches on this occasion turned most of their attention to the human cost The sheer numbers are obscene, beyond anyone s understanding or imagination While the dead are gone, they re not gone While the dead don t speak, they speak St PaulWhich begs the question, what do they say to us Last week saw extensive media coverage of the various commemorations of Britain s declaration of war against Germany on August 4, 1914 Naturally, understandably, inevitably, those dignitaries invited to hold speeches on this occasion turned most of their attention to the human cost The sheer numbers are obscene, beyond anyone s understanding or imagination The bare statistics are mere marks on a page it takes other means to allow us to build a picture of the carnage There is this magnificent and moving installation in the dry moat of the Tower of London, for example Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red sic it plants a red ceramic poppy to represent each of the service personnel from the UK who died in Does history repeat itself A Cambridge University historian s study of the causes of World War ISix little boys tussle in a sandbox, pushing and shoving, sometimes openly, sometimes when none of the others are looking One of them, a runt, is getting the worst of it, but he s a vicious little guy and manages to hold his own within his own tiny corner of the sandbox The biggest boys exert the least effort but In commemoration of the Centennial of WW1, we have also set up a reading group here in GR Sleepwalkers is one of the suggested books It deals with the period before the war and is consequently centered on the causes that led to, or I should say brought about, the disaster But because it is my first book on the political aspects, I fel For the longest time, I avoided reading about World War I because it seemed too complicated It was fought for convoluted reasons among now dead empires in a Europe and a world that is now vastly reshaped I figured my time would be better spent reading another book about Gettysburg When I finally made a concerted effort to learn about the Great War since the Centennial is fast approaching , I discovered its beginnings were actually deceptively simple The heir to the Au

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