Magazine June 2, 2014, Issue

The Forge of Today’s Europe

The Great War for Peace, by William Mulligan (Yale, 456 pp., $35)

The impending centenary of World War I is, in Europe at least, already unleashing an impassioned debate about the causes and consequences of this unprecedented man-made cataclysm. The rising tide of academic relativism has tended to encourage the view that everybody was to blame, and hence nobody in particular. This line goes down well with those who were blamed at the time. Hence the Germans have lauded the Australian historian Christopher Clark, who teaches at Cambridge, for his book The Sleepwalkers, which diffuses responsibility for the outbreak of war fairly evenly among the statesmen of the Great Powers. The Harvard-based

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