The Sleepwalkers is a comprehensive and compelling account of how Europe went to war in 1914. Christopher Clark delves deep into the archives to uncover fascinating new evidence, providing fresh insights into the decisions made by individual leaders and exploring the intricate web of alliances that led inexorably to disaster. Thoroughly researched and brilliantly written, The Sleepwalkers is an essential history of twentieth-century Europe – and a warning from history about what can happen when national interests trump all other considerations.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for people who are interested in history, World War I and how different decisions made by various leaders can lead to a larger conflict.
- The Sleepwalkers is exhaustively researched, drawing on a wide range of sources to provide a rich and detailed account of how Europe went to war in 1914.
- The book is brilliantly written, providing fascinating insights into the decisions made by individual leaders and exploring the complex web of alliances that led to disaster.
- The Sleepwalkers offers an important warning from history about what can happen when national interests trump all other considerations.
- The Sleepwalkers is very dense and at times difficult to read.
- Clark’s argument can be hard to follow, particularly in the first half of the book.
- The book covers a great deal of material and could have been edited down somewhat.
Learn more about the author
Christopher Clark is professor of modern European history at the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on German and international history, including The Kaiser’s Army: Soldiers, Civilians, and Bureaucrats in Wilhelmine Germany (Oxford University Press) and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947 (Houghton Mifflin).
“Clark has written a genuinely outstanding history of the origins of World War I…a magisterial work on an extraordinarily complex and fraught topic.”
“An absolutely fantastic history of World War I. Clark does an amazing job addressing the lead-up to the war and how a series of seemingly minor events snowballed into one of the largest catastrophes in human history. The book is extremely well researched and provides great insights into not just European politicians, but also generals and everyday people who were impacted by the conflict.”
“This book is a tour de force. Clark has written a masterpiece of historical interpretation that makes sense of one the most complex and consequential episodes in European history.”
“An absolutely terrific book. Clark has a marvelous ability to take what at first might seem like dry, complex events and make them come alive.”