Are you following this blog by Dennis Cross? This is the clearest explanation of how the dominoes fell in July 1914.
He said, then I said, then he said, then I said, etc.
Dennis tells a lot of stories that you might not have connected to the march toward war, including a famous murder trial in France that delayed the country’s attention to the approaching disaster.
Henriette Caillaux, the second wife of former French Premier Joseph Caillaux, was tried this month for the murder of Le Figaro editor Gaston Calmette following the magazine’s publication of private letters between herself and her husband written when both of them were married to others. She claimed that she had not planned to kill Calmette, only to teach him a lesson, but had been overwhelmed by passion. She told the court the shooting was an accident: “It is terrible how these revolvers go off when they begin shooting — one can’t stop them!”
No kidding, lady.
My thanks to Dennis for this blog post.