Originally published in 1968.
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Kenneth Margerison examines this pamphlet literature - whichsurprisingly has only begun to be systematically analyzed - in an effort todetermine the ideological bases upon which pamphleteers tried to influencepublic opinion and, ultimately, the political structure of France. He reachesthe unexpected conclusion that a relatively conservative political program heldwide appeal for public opinion and provided a foundation that enabled itsadherents to wield influence in the National Assembly during the summer of1789. This close reading of the pre-revolutionary pamphlets leadsto a new understanding of the political dynamics in the months preceding theconvocation of the Estates General and sheds new light on the debates in the assemblyduring the summer. An understanding of the politics of public opinionnecessitates a substantial alteration of the traditional narrative of thecreation of the National Assembly and the foundation of constitutionalgovernment.
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)
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.