• Title: The Twelve Days
  • Author: George Malcolm Thomson
  • ISBN: 9780436502491
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Twelve Days Two weeks in Europe s fatal summer July to August when the world plunged into the blood and horror of war On July twenty six days after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferd
    Two weeks in Europe s fatal summer July 24 to August 4, 1914 when the world plunged into the blood and horror of war On July 24, 1914 twenty six days after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand the Austrian government delivered its long delayed ultimatum to the Serbs From that day to the British declaration of war on August 4, the decisions were taken, the blTwo weeks in Europe s fatal summer July 24 to August 4, 1914 when the world plunged into the blood and horror of warOn July 24, 1914 twenty six days after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand the Austrian government delivered its long delayed ultimatum to the Serbs From that day to the British declaration of war on August 4, the decisions were taken, the blunders were made, and in the end there was no escaping the war that changed the course of history.In this dramatic account of the twelve days preceding the outbreak of war, George Malcolm Thomson brilliantly shows how a tangle of apparently unrelated strands political and diplomatic maneuvers, private frustrations and ambitions, quirks of personality among Europe s leading figures, ironies of circumstance combined to produce completely unsought consequences.After a sharply drawn profile of pre war Europe, he presents a graphic day by day picture of the drama as it unfolded throughout the Continent There are depictions of vast mobilizations and bursts of patriotic fervor of quickly stifled pacifist protests of frivolous celebrations and poignant farewells There are illuminating word portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm, the Czar, diplomats and generals, and countless lesser figures who played a part or were caught up in the tragedy Among the notable personalities are Jaur s, the French Socialist leader, whose assassination by a fanatic stifled anti war sentiments in France Mme Caillaux, wife of the French Minister of Finance, fighting for her life in a sensational murder trial which had sinister political overtones Count Berchtold, the Austrian Foreign Minister, a trifler leading his country to disaster and Sir Edward Grey, the Englishman who sought peace and brought war.These are only a few of the actors who appear upon the scene, which shifts from Paris to the Baltic, from St Petersburg to Vienna, from London to a remote Balkan railway junction Skillfully weaving a mass of detail into a gripping, swiftly paced account of the Old World hovering on the brink of destruction, Mr Thomson has produced an unforgettable evocation of the last days of peace in Europe s fatal summer.

    One Reply to “The Twelve Days”

    1. I more or less read this in real time, 100 years later, which was a very enlightening adventure. With the centenary of World War I upon us, I picked out a few books covering the subject from different angles and perspectives that I had wanted to read this summer, and I've been having the hardest time getting through any of them, excepting this one. Most books on the subject, even when they proclaim to be narrow in focus, seem to get caught up in explaining every possible aspect of World War I, e [...]

    2. Très beau livre qui jour après jour du 24 juillet au 4 août 14 explique bien les raisons de la course à l'abîme. En résumé: personne n'était à la hauteur pour empêcher la catastrophe que finalement personne ne souhaitait.

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