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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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1913: The Eve of War Kindle Edition
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Très bonne analyse historique. L'année 1913 est mise en perspective et étudiée dans ses différentes dimensions. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ghislain Domine
This book was written from a position of knowledge, but it was much too short to provide much more than a cursory overview of the antecedents of the Great War.Published 2 months ago by Joseph A. Curro Jr.
Very interesting interested and informative and excellent read I'm talkingPublished 5 months ago by Wesley G.
I enjoyed the book , gave me some facts that I hadn't heard beforePublished 5 months ago by Dennis De Crane
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 8 months ago by BRUCE E LATTA
Insightful but Paul Ham was no where near objective in his presentation.Published 12 months ago by Randy Hutchison