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The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I

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On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated on a visit to Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist called Gavrilo Princip. The assassination set in motion the events that led to the outbreak of the First World War, one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history and a trauma that would bring down the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ending nearly eight centu ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Amberley Publishing
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Ned Charles
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A very good short book that shows how the loss of life and destruction of WW1 commenced due to little more than a matter of pride and ego. It shows the human side of the often inept royal players. Nothing new on the last of the Romanovs, it has been covered in detail from every useful angle by earlier authors.
The coverage of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was well covered and not brushed over as is common.
The laborious details of the war were not heaped on the reader, b
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Jill Meyer
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The front cover of British historian Gareth Russell's new book, "The Emperors: How Europe's Rulers Were Destroyed by the First World War" shows four men, rulers of countries involved in the Great War. All but one - Britain's King George V - were turned out of power at the war's end. One - Russia's Tsar Nicholas II - was murdered, along with his family, in the basement of a remote Russian house by revolutionary forces. The other two - Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm and Austria's Emperor Karl (who had s ...more
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Most of the time when we study the Great War, The War to End All Wars, World War I, we look at series of events, and the the people involved are moved around as pawns. All the war's a stage, and the people merely players. This is the first book I've read that told me more about the rulers of the time as actual people, and I was blown away by how little I'd known them. It was both shocking and heartbreaking to read about the humanity and heroism of some of the so-called despots, as they struggled ...more
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Andrea Engle
Intricate biography of the three royal dynasties destroyed by the First World War: the Habsburg, the Hohenzollern, and Romanov ... lovingly crafted by an obvious monarchist ... interesting facet of the European conflict ...
Kathy  Petersen
My knowledge of this brink-of-war period is quite sketchy, so I especially appreciated Russell's clear prose and his thorough yet concise story of the destruction of European monarchies.
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