I am preparing to teach an online course on World War I – the Great War – fall semester 2014. Books, especially on the July Crisis, are coming fast and furious, so its no easy task. Thankfully, R.J.W Evans has reviewed six important new books in his essay, “The Greatest Catastrophe the World Has Seen,” published in the February 6 edition of the New York Review of Books. Having read the books in question, I can only agree with Evans’ assessment. Take a look for yourself.
- The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan
- 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War, by Charles Emmerson
- The Russian Origins of the First World War, by Sean McMeekin
- July 1914: Countdown to War, by Sean McMeekin
- The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark
- Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, by Max Hastings