By Margaret MacMillan
WINNER of the International Affairs e-book of the yr on the Political publication Awards 2014Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013
The First global warfare a interval of sustained peace in Europe in the course of which individuals talked with self belief of prosperity, development and wish. yet in 1914, Europe walked right into a catastrophic clash which killed hundreds of thousands of its males, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to items, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the realm. It used to be a conflict which may were refrained from as much as the final moment-so why did it happen?
Beginning within the early 19th century, and finishing with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the large political and technological alterations, nationwide judgements and -- simply as important-the small moments of human clutter and weak spot that led Europe from peace to catastrophe. This masterful exploration of the way Europe selected its course in the direction of struggle will swap and increase how we see this defining second in our history.