The Sleepwalkers
Christopher Green


Thomas Laqueur has reviewed Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers in the London Review of Books. Clark’s ‘breathtakingly good book’ as Laqueur rightly describes it, is an account of events leading up to World War I and an object lesson for any history publisher. It traces the diplomatic moves of the main players of all the various powers in the years preceding the outbreak of war. It is unusual both for the breadth of its scholarship and for its avoidance of any simple explanation for the outbreak conflict.