Analysis Of The Movie ' The Guns Of August ' Essay

762 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Guns of August by Barbra W. Tuchman The Guns of August, written by Barbra W. Tuchman in 1962, is a novel that meticulously depicts the beginnings of the First World War. After negotiations with her publisher, Tuchman states that the purpose of this novel is to tell the story of “the wars first month, which contained all the roots, including the Goeben and the battle of Mons”(xix). The novel is broken up into three main sections: Plans, Outbreak, and Battle. The first five chapters fall under the first section, Plans. Tuchman relays in intricate detail the events leading up to the First World War as early as 1910, five years before the start of the war, with the funeral proceedings of King Edward VII of England. These chapters highlighted the fact that Germany was thought of as “steam rollers” do to their monumental size and force. Also, these chapters explained the process of how France became an ally with Britain. The next three chapters are labeled “Outbreak” where Tuchman explains the events that caused the outbreak leading to the war. It states that what ignited the war was on June 28th 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian nationalists. Austria attempted to seize Serbia, which in turn set off a chain off events including war being declared against Austria-Hungary and Serbia, Germany and Russia, as well as Germany and France. The third and final section of this novel is titled “Battle”. This sectioned highlighted the Geoben, a battle…

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