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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. März 2014

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“An important book. . . . One of the most impressive and stimulating studies of the period ever published.” (Max Hastings, The Sunday Times)

“Excellent. . . . The book is stylishly written as well as superb scholarship. No analysis of the origins of the First World War will henceforth be able to bypass this magisterial work.” (Ian Kershaw, BBC History)

“The most readable account of the origins of the First World War since Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August. The difference is that The Sleepwalkers is a lovingly researched work of the highest scholarship.” (Niall Ferguson)

“This compelling examination of the causes of World War I deserves to become the new standard one-volume account of that contentious subject.” (Foreign Affairs)

“Clark is a masterly historian. . . . His account vividly reconstructs key decision points while deftly sketching the context driving them. . . . A magisterial work.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“A monumental new volume. . . . Revelatory, even revolutionary. . . . Clark has done a masterful job explaining the inexplicable.” (The Boston Globe)

“Easily the best book ever written on the subject. . . . A work of rare beauty that combines meticulous research with sensitive analysis and elegant prose. The enormous weight of its quality inspires amazement and awe. . . . Academics should take note: Good history can still be a good story.” (The Washington Post)

“A meticulously researched, superbly organized, and handsomely written account.” (MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History)

“Superb. . . . One of the great mysteries of history is how Europe’s great powers could have stumbled into World War I. . . . This is the single best book I have read on this important topic.” (Fareed Zakaria)

“A thoroughly comprehensive and highly readable account. . . . The brilliance of Clark’s far-reaching history is that we are able to discern how the past was genuinely prologue. . . . In conception, steely scholarship and piercing insights, his book is a masterpiece.” (Harold Evans, The New York Times Book Review)

“As spacious and convincing a treatment as has yet appeared. . . . Clark’s prose is clear and laced with color.” (The Daily Beast)

“A great book. . . An amazing narrative history of the crisis and the larger context.” (Slate)

“A superb account of the causes of the first world war. . . . Clark brilliantly puts this illogical conflict into context.” (The Guardian)

“This book is as authoritative as it is gripping. . . . Clark provides a vivid panorama of the jostling among Europe’s policymakers. . . . The reader is rapt as ‘watchful but unseeing’ protagonists head for inconceivable horror.” (The Independent)

“Excellent. . . . Where Clark excels is in explaining how the pre-war diplomatic maneuvers resembled a giant exercise in game theory.”- (The Economist)

“Clark’s narrative sophistication, his philosophical awareness, and his almost preternatural command of his sources make The Sleepwalkers an exemplary instance of how to navigate this tricky terrain. The best book on the origins of the First World War that I know.” (Thomas Laqueur, The London Review of Books)

“One of 2013’s finest nonfiction books. . . . Offers more up-to-date scholarship than you’ll find in a classic like Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August.” (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)

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This is the pacy, sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War, from acclaimed historian and author Christopher Clark. This book was the winner of the Financial Times Books of the Year 2014. It was a winners of Sunday Times and Independent Books of the Year 2012. This book was also the winner of the Los Angeles Times History Book Prize 2014. 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. What made a seemingly prosperous and complacent Europe so vulnerable to the impact of this assassination? In The Sleepwalkers Christopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes. Above all, it shows how the failure to understand the seriousness of the chaotic, near genocidal fighting in the Balkans would drag Europe into catastrophe. Reviews: "Formidable...one of the most impressive and stimulating studies of the period ever published. " (Max Hastings, Sunday Times). "Easily the best book ever written on the subject...A work of rare beauty that combines meticulous research with sensitive analysis and elegant prose. The enormous weight of its quality inspires amazement and awe...Academics should take note: Good history can still be a good story." (Washington Post)."A lovingly researched work of the highest scholarship. It is hard to believe we will ever see a better narrative of what was perhaps the biggest collective blunder in the history of international relations." (Niall Ferguson). "[Reading The Sleepwalkers], it is as if a light had been turned on a half-darkened stage of shadowy characters cursing among themselves without reason...[Clark] demolishes the standard view...The brilliance of Clark's far-reaching history is that we are able to discern how the past was genuinely prologue...In conception, steely scholarship and piercing insights, his book is a masterpiece." (Harold Evans, New York Times Book Review). "Impeccably researched, provocatively argued and elegantly written...a model of scholarship." (Sunday Times Books of the Year). "Superb...effectively consigns the old historical consensus to the bin...It's not often that one has the privilege of reading a book that reforges our understanding of one of the seminal events of world history. " (Mail Online). "A monumental new volume...Revelatory, even revolutionary...Clark has done a masterful job explaining the inexplicable." (Boston Globe). "Superb...One of the great mysteries of history is how Europe's great powers could have stumbled into World War I...This is the single best book I have read on this important topic." (Fareed Zakaria). "A meticulously researched, superbly organized, and handsomely written account Military History Clark is a masterly historian...His account vividly reconstructs key decision points while deftly sketching the context driving them...A magisterial work." (Wall Street Journal). "This compelling examination of the causes of World War I deserves to become the new standard one-volume account of that contentious subject." (Foreign Affairs). "A brilliant contribution." (Times Higher Education). "Clark is fully alive to the challenges of the subject...He provides vivid portraits of leading figures...[He] also gives a rich sense of what contemporaries believed was at stake in the crises leading up to the war." (Irish Times). "In recent decades, many analysts had tended to put most blame for the disaster [of the First World War] on Germany. Clark strongly renews an older interpretation which sees the statesmen of many countries as blundering blindly together into war." (Stephen Howe, Independent Books of the Year). About the author: Christopher Clark is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. He is the author of The Politics of Conversion, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Iron Kingdom. He is widely praised around the world, Iron Kingdom became a major bestseller. He has been awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Faszinierend, wie detailliert die Akteure in den jeweiligen europäischen Hauptstädten geschildert werden, auch wie vielschichtig Deutschlands Politikmacher dargestellt werden. Offenbar gab es eben nicht nur den Kaiser und Kanzler, sondern genügend Militärs und Diplomaten überall, die mitspielten.
Es ist erstaunlich, dass es eines australischen Historikers offenbar bedarf, mehr Sachlichkeit in die Kriegsschulddebatte zu bringen; Deutschland wird zwar nicht entlastet, aber Kriegstreiber und -willige in Frankfreich, Serbien und England eben auch thematisiert.
Man verspürt doch Wehmut, dass auf allen Seiten nicht mehr Vernunft geherrscht hat und zuviel Glauben an die eigene Überlegenheit, moralisch und militärisch, herrschte. Allerdings schien der österreichische Thronfolger doch vernünftige Pläne zumindest in Bezug auf slawische Minderheiten gehabt zu haben-tragisch dass er von Extremisten ermordet wurde....
Danke Herr Clark!
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It is the most important book on the origins of World War One I have seen in the last 40 years. It is extremely well documented, reproduces the harrowing story from the perspective of all of the relevant powers (with the possible exception of Turkey). The title is somewhat misleading, since the principal actors knew what they were doing and why; but their main - and fatal - mistake was to blot out from their minds the chain of reactions and consequences which followed in the other affected countries. The tragic chain of events the book describes has lessons for the world today. One might hope that foreign policymakers in today's major powers would take its lessons to heart.
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A really great book; many of my professors at university suggested it so I tried it and its really good. If you really want to learn something about WWI this book is quiet perfect.
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I have been on a talk of Christopher Clark last year and was fascinated by his arguments and way of writing.
The book is details, explains a lot about the relationships and tensions behind the curtains of power before the first World War broke out.

A must read for everybody with an interest in (European) history.
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Clark schildert in seinem jüngsten Werk den Weg Europas in den 1. Weltkrieg, ausgehend vom Königsmord 1903 in Serbien bis hin zum fatalen Ultimatum und der Kriegserklärung 1914. Er beschreibt detailliert die politische Situation in den betroffenen Staaten (Österreich-Ungarn, Serbien, Russland, Frankreich, England und Deutschland) und deren Entwicklung bis zur Katastrophe. Besonderen Wert legt Clark auf die Persönlichkeiten der agierenden Politiker, Diplomaten und Herrscher, die er mit fast psychologischer Gründlichkeit analysiert. Das Buch bleibt ohne Schuldzuweisung, vielmehr kommt Clark zu dem Schluss, dass es nicht einen Schuldigen, sondern viele Beteiligte in den einzelnen Staaten gab, die den Konflikt nahezu unausweichlich herbeiführten. Merkwürdig passiv erlebt man die Rolle Deutschlands und des deutschen Kaisers, der bis zum Schluss bemüht scheint, die Eskalation zu verhindern. Clark räumt damit endgültig und gründlich mit der Frage nach dem Schuldigen am Kriegsausbruch auf. Es gab nicht einen, sondern viele.

Clark schafft es, das alles extrem spannend, flüssig geschrieben und leicht lesbar herüberzubringen. Das Buch liest sich (auch oder gerade in der englischen Originalfassung) wie ein Kriminalroman. The Sleepwalkers hat das Zeug zum Bestseller !
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Ich bin eine gebürtige Amerikanerin, und habe es mir einige Jahre überlegt, ob ich imstande wäre dieses Buch verdauen zu können. Weil ich in Österreich fast 50 Jahre lebe, Menschen aus den betreffenden Ländern vom 1.Welt Krieg gut kenne, wollte ich einfach mehr über ihre Vergangenheit wissen. Deshalb, habe ich mir den Schritt gewagt. Bis jetzt, bin ich ergriffen und fasziniert von dem was ich darin lese. Die viele Namen sind mir auch kein Problem, und wenn ich ein geographisches Problem habe, schaue ich auf eine Landkarte.
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So we Germans need a british author that we finally believe that we were not the only responsible for the first world war...
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I have always been a Barbara W. Tuchman (The Guns of August) reader and always will; however Christopher Clark as a professor of modern European history can write rings around her.

I am not really a fan of histories that highlight dates and events as if they were somehow divorced from reality. Even U.S. history as it has always been here at least as long as I have. I have no concept of the antiquity of our world as other than what I can read about. I read several versions so I do not have to take one persons’ view or word.

Somehow I have a gap in history form a couple of thousand years ago until now. Yes I took schooling that gave names and dates, however I mean real history. I rely on writers like Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man) to fill in the gaps.

Then one day Christopher Clark wrote The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. I already knew the bare bones of the reasons and even the details of many of the battles. It was required study in the U.S. Army as even though no two wars are alike the reasons and methods are universal.

I was surprised to find that hat I learned was not really about war; it was all the history about people and attitudes that created the modern states in Europe. It fills in the gaps from Homer to WW1 (Actually starts around1890's.) It even explains most of today’s Europe. Part of a team I work with on a daily bases is in Sofia (Bulgaria.) Now I understand their history as well if not meter than mine.

I must ward you that you will have to reread this book as it covers a great deal of time. Also rereading after you know what will happen makes more sense.

You will also have to take diversion breaks to pick up books on the individual people.
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