July 1914: Countdown to War (Paperback)

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Each day of July 1914 brought the world closer to unimaginable horror. McMeekin traces the fateful encounters and miscommunications between diplomats and sovereigns that shaped the world we know today, including a detailed account of the plot to kill archduke Ferdinand and a blistering epilogue that aims to make the case for ultimate blame.

Great for history and military buffs.

— From July 1914: Countdown to War, by Sean McMeekin


When an assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, no one could have imagined the shocking bloodshed that would soon follow. Indeed, as award-winning historian Sean McMeekin reveals in July 1914, World War I might indeed have been avoided entirely had it not been for the actions of a small group of statesmen in the month after the assassination. Whether they plotted for war or rode the whirlwind nearly blind, these men sought to capitalize on the fallout from Ferdinand's murder, unwittingly leading Europe toward the greatest cataclysm it had ever seen. A deeply-researched account of the genesis of World War I, July 1914 tells the gripping story of the month that changed the course of the 20th century.

About the Author

Sean McMeekin is an assistant professor of history at Koc University. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books, including The Russian Origins of the First World War, which won the World War One Historical Association's Tomlinson Prize, and The Berlin -Baghdad Express, which won the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies' Barbara Jelavich Book Prize.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780465060740
ISBN-10: 0465060749
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 460
Language: English