Royal Sunset: The European Dynasties and the Great War

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Examines the reasons for the inability of the European monarchies to prevent World War I and focuses on Franz Josef of Austria, William II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia

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Brook-Shepherd's 12 previous books established his reputation as a historian with the talent for clarifying extremely complicated events. Here he reports little-known facts on follies and tragedies that made the First World War inevitable. He shows why only England survived as a monarchy after the "Great War"; the others were doomed long before 1914, when the assassination of Austria's crown prince triggered the hostilities. The author describes manipulations by rulers in Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, the power plays that contributed to the juggernaut. There is new light shedon Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm, who emerges here as feckless rather than determined on war as usually claimed and terribly jealous of his uncle Edward VII and cousin George V. Letters by Tsar Nicholas, foreshadowing the Romanovs' fate, are among the profuse communiques discussed that make the past immediate. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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Nine European monarchs and their families played an active part in the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I. When the war was over, most of them had lost their thrones. The author introduces each of these colorful dynasties and examines the role played by each in provoking a cataclysm he believes was caused more by folly and blundering than by evil design. Only George V of England is held free of guiltand fittingly enough, England's throne and empire survived. Combining chatty narrative with serious examination of the steps to war, this readable history is a good choice for general readers. Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
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