By Sean McMeekin
As acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin unearths in July 1914, global conflict i'd were shunned completely had it now not been for a small workforce of statesmen who, within the month after the assassination, plotted to take advantage of Ferdinand’s homicide because the set off for a long-awaited showdown in Europe. the first culprits, in addition, have lengthy escaped blame. whereas so much bills of the war’s outbreak position the majority of accountability on German and Austro-Hungarian militarism, McMeekin attracts on brilliant new proof from records throughout Europe to teach that the worst offenders have been really to be present in Russia and France, whose belligerence and duplicity ensured that struggle used to be inevitable.
Whether they plotted for conflict or rode the whirlwind approximately blind, all of the males involved—from Austrian international Minister Leopold von Berchtold and German Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg to Russian international Minister Sergei Sazonov and French president Raymond Poincaré—sought to capitalize at the fallout from Ferdinand’s homicide, unwittingly top Europe towards the best cataclysm it had ever seen.
A innovative account of the genesis of worldwide warfare I, July 1914 tells the gripping tale of Europe’s countdown to conflict from the bloody commencing act on June twenty eighth to Britain’s ultimate plunge on August 4th, displaying how a unmarried month—and a handful of men—changed the process the 20th century.