By 1914, almost a half-century had passed since the last time the armies of any of Europe's major powers had clashed with one another. A new era of prosperity, peace, and international cooperation seemed to have taken hold across the continent. Thus, the sudden outbreak of World War I caught many people by surprise, like lightning on a cloudless day.
In reality, tensions between the leading European countries had been simmering for years. This book examines the roots of those tensions, as well as the events and decisions that caused them to boil over into the largest and bloodiest war the world had ever witnessed.
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Hardcover ISBN: 1-59556-003-3
25+ color maps, photos, illustrations, chronology, glossary, further reading, internet resources & index
John Ziff, an editor with more than 20 years of experience in publishing, occasionally writes books for young adults. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, Clare, and children, Jane and Peter.