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THE SLEEPWALKERS: HOW EUROPE WENT TO WAR IN 1914 offers a new perspective on the debate over the origins of the Great War, focusing on how the war happened and the decisions and interactions between nations and individuals involved in the crisis that led to war. Primary sources from before, during and post-conflict are used to document the circumstances that brought war to continental Europe, with chapters considering changes in decision-making and strategic objectives and exploring how Europe's polarization came to pass. Foreign policies, international politics and interactions, and the motivations to consider war over peace make for a powerful and in-depth account that any student of World War I will find essential to understanding the social and political atmosphere and choices of the times.