The New York Times - Notable Books of 2013


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (2012)

Written by Christopher Munro Clark

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart. (Copyright © HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

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Christopher Munro Clark is an Australian historian working in England. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School, the University of Sydney and the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. He is Professor in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Catharine's College.

Clark is a co-editor of the scholarly book series New Studies in European History from Cambridge University Press. He is the author of The Politics of Conversion: Missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia, 1728-1941 (1995), Kaiser Wilhelm II (2000), and his best-selling book, Iron Kingdom. The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 (Penguin, 2006). He is also the co-editor with Wolfram Kaiser of Culture Wars. Catholic-Secular Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2003), and the author of numerous articles and essays. His latest book is The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (2012). Clark presented the BBC4 documentary programme "Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia.

He is married to the art historian Nina Lübbren and they have two sons, Josef and Alexander.


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