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The Lost History of 1914: How the Great War Was Not Inevitable

 
 
Author
Jack Beatty.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781408830581
Pages/Publication Date 392/2012
Daedalus Item Code 61291
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A news analyst for NPR's On Point and the author of The Rascal King and Age of Betrayal, Jack Beatty here examines World War I and its causes, testing against fresh evidence the long-dominant assumption that it was inevitable. His "thought-provoking, and often mordantly ironic" book (The New Yorker) chronicles largely forgotten events faced by each of the belligerent countries in the months before the war started in August. Beatty shows how any one of them—a possible military coup in Germany; the threat to Britain of civil war in Ireland; the murder trial of the wife of the likely premier of France, who sought détente with Germany—might have derailed the arrival of war. Europe's ruling classes, Beatty shows, were so haunted by fear of those below that they mistook democratization for revolution, and were tempted to "escape forward" into war to head it off.
 
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