The Sleepwalkers

In The SleepwalkersChristopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes.

The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

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. The terrible sequence of events that this unleashed are well known, but much less clear and contentious are the factors which made a seemingly prosperous and complacent Europe so vulnerable to the impact of this assassination. In The SleepwalkersChristopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes. Drawing on many fresh new sources, this account reveals a Europe very different from the familiar picture, putting Serbia and the Balkans at the centre of the story. Starting with the brutal assassination of Alexander I of Serbia in 1903, Clark shows how, far from being the place of enviable stability it appears to us, Europe was racked by chronic problems- a multipolar, fractured, multicultural world of clashing ideals, terrorism, militancy and instability, which was, fatefully, saddled with a conspicuously ineffectual set of political leaders. He shows how the rulers of Europe, who prided themselves on their modernity and rationalism, behaved like sleepwalkers, stumbling through crisis after crisis and finally convincing themselves that war was the only answer. The Sleepwalkersre-imagines the First World War to make it feel raw and in many ways modern. Above all, it shows how there was a total failure to understand the seriousness of the chaotic, near genocidal fighting in the Balkans- it was this failure that would drag Europe into catastrophe.

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The Sleepwalkers
Language: en
Pages: 696
Authors: Christopher M. Clark
Categories: Europe
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Penguin UK

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
The Sleepwalkers
Language: en
Pages: 736
Authors: Christopher Clark
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-27 - Publisher: Penguin UK

The pacy, sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War, from acclaimed historian and author Christopher Clark SUNDAY TIMES and INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012 The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand
The Sleepwalkers
Language: en
Pages: 656
Authors: Hermann Broch
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-07-20 - Publisher: Vintage

With his epic trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer-philosopher the equal of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or Robert Musil. Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic
The Sleepwalkers' Ball
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: Alan Bilton
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher:

A romantic comedy that follows the lives of a man and a woman trying to find each other in time.
The Sleepwalkers; Elucidations of Hermann Broch's Trilogy
Language: en
Pages: 179
Authors: Dorrit Cohn
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1966 - Publisher:

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