Thirteen days : diplomacy and disaster : the countdown to the Great War / Clive Ponting.
Publication year: 2003.
Call Number D511 .P65 2003
Media class: Book
Publisher: London : Pimlico
ISBN: 0712668268 9780712668262
Reprint. Originally published : London: Chatto & Windus, 2002.
Additional information: xii, 378 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
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"This book argues that the First World War only occurred because of the situation in the Balkans. It was the outcome of the two Balkan wars between 1912 and 1913, the changes they precipitated in the strategic balance in the region, together with the struggle for influence between Austria-Hungary and Russia, that led to war ... The majority of the book deals with the 'thirteen days' from the presentation of the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia on 23 July to Britain's entry into the war on 4 August. It examines how the situation escalated out of control, the decisions taken by the various governments that helped ensure this outcome and why diplomatic attempts to resolve the crisis failed"--Introd.
Sarajevo, Sunday 28 June 1914. The assassination -- The conspiracy -- The reaction -- Prologue. Europe in 1914 -- The twenty-four days : 29 June-22 July -- The thirteen days.
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