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- Print Length: 83 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (November 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GGMKQMS
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Ham concludes that the European nations did not just stumble into war; instead, by the end of 1913, the political and military leaders of the European nations saw war as a necessity. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 was only the spark that set off the inevitable war.
It's a well written book, a concise look at the state of the European nations in the early 20th century, and the many factors that led to the Great War. I'm not a historian, so I can't say with any certainly how accurate the author's conclusions are, but he's done a fine job of describing the various events and circumstances that resulted in a war that produced 37 million casualties.
Readers will learn that the economies of Britain, France, Germany, and to a lesser extent, Russia, prospered from industrialization and imperialism during the period of 1880 to 1913. This prosperity supported the competitive development of military strength and armaments (nominally for “defensive” purposes), and extensive war plans by the great powers – essentially what we would now call an “arms race”. Significantly, it also nurtured among the establishment and youth of each nation strong feelings of patriotism and racial pride that were fanned by an often rabid press. Germany feared being encircled by Russia and France; the British feared the rapid expansion of German sea power; while France both feared and loathed Germany after its bitter loss of the Alsace- Lorraine territories in the 1871 Franco Prussian War. Alliances were formed: Britain, France, and Russia became the Triple Entente; Germany and Austria-Hungary were allies joined by Turkey in October 1914 to become the Triple Alliance.
The assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist in August 1914 became the spark that ignited WWI, a war that endured for five years with casualties approaching 20 million persons.Read more ›
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Amazing analysis, never learned this in history class. Looking forward to 1914. It did not mention that Germany allowed Lenin safe passage through their country in hopes that he... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BRUCE E LATTA
Insightful but Paul Ham was no where near objective in his presentation.Published 6 months ago by Randy Hutchison
Excellent background information relative to political alignments leading to the First World War.
It becomes obvious to the reader that no side was initially threatened and... Read more
This is an excellent intro to the "Why' of WWI, as well as a good understanding of Europe at that time. I think it's a great read before going further into WWI. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kathy/Lynn
Paul Ham's 1913 is a concise and highly readable attempt to explain why Europe went to war in 1914. I found this a very balanced discourse, that doesn't favour one nation's point... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jonm