Christopher Clark: The Historian of Power

Na, he can by no means only World War I, this Christopher Clark. Anyone who has read his study, which has become a classic, about the political-diplomatic “sleepwalkers” and their missteps in the catastrophe of the century of 1914, suspected it anyway. Because the Australian historian, who has been teaching at Cambridge for a long time, proves to be a cultivated causer and polished stylist in his specialty beyond all technical idiocy. This is one of the reasons why he was able to appear on German television with charm and irony as a soul interpreter and mentality historian of our, well, mentally rather battered nation. So it is no coincidence that the Australian Clark feels far more comfortable among colleagues with a trans-European horizon and cultural-historical inclinations than among the historians of diplomatic intrigues who tend to nitpicker.

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