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1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson

By David Stevenson

In the summertime of 1914 Europe exploded right into a frenzy of mass violence. The battle that had worldwide repercussions, destroying 4 empires and costing hundreds of thousands of lives. Even the successful international locations have been scarred for a new release, and we nonetheless this day stay in the conflict's shadow. during this significant new research, released a few 90 years after the 1st global conflict started, David Stevenson re-examines the factors, direction and influence of this 'war to finish war', putting it within the context of its period and exposing its underlying dynamics. His e-book offers a wide-ranging foreign historical past, drawing on insights from the newest learn. It bargains compelling solutions to the major questions on how this bad fight opened up: questions that stay disturbingly appropriate for our personal time

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By 1914 almost all the Austro-Hungarian leaders expected war against Serbia to mean a war against Russia as well, and without German encouragement they would not have risked one. And whereas the Austrians were so focused on their Balkan dilemmas that they accepted a general European war without even seriously discussing it, the Germans were much more conscious of what they were doing. It is ultimately in Berlin that we must seek the keys to the destruction of peace. Before dispatching their ultimatum to Belgrade the Austrians sent the head of Berchtold’s private office, Count Hoyos, to Germany.

The British pulled back warships from more distant waters and stepped up construction.

Bosnia was Austria-Hungary’s colonial frontier, a wild and mountainous outback to which it brought roads, schools, and a short-lived parliament. 27 In 1908–09, despite vehement protests from Serbia and a prolonged international crisis, Austria-Hungary annexed the two provinces. After the crisis Serbia promised not to permit subversive activities on its soil. Yet propaganda bodies such as the Narodna Odbrana (or ‘People’s Defence’) continued to support Serbs outside Serbia, as did the Belgrade press, and the Black Hand (‘Union or Death’), founded in 1911, a secret organization committed to unifying all Serbs by violence.

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