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The Sleepwalkers

How Europe Went To War in 1914

By Christopher Clark
18-minute read
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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers takes a fresh look at the outbreak of the First World War, focusing on the alliances established among Europe’s nations in the years leading up to 1914. In his compelling and masterful account, Clark examines the decisions, both big and small, that led to the outbreak, and investigates the common belief that the war was an inevitability.

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“These blinks present a clear and convincing explanation of how the world slid into the First World War. They suggest that the nations and empires of Europe ended up in conflict almost by accident. I found them fascinating, not only because of their description of politics 100 years ago, but also because of what they tell us about the world today.”

– Thomas, English Editorial Lead at Blinkist

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the outbreak of the First World War
  • Anyone interested in European history and international relations
  • Anyone interested in how wars can start

Christopher Clark is a historian from Australia, who is currently Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. Among his other books, he is also the author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947.

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