Section 1 (Chapters 1-5)
• The following version of this book was used to create this Lesson Plan: Tuchman, Barbara. The Guns of August. Ballantine Books, 1994. First Edition.
• The book opens with the grand funeral of Edward VII, at which a very large number of famous kings, dignitaries, and other leaders are in attendance.
• Tuchman uses the scene of this funeral on May 1910 as the perfect occasion to introduce the reader to a very large sampling of the main players that would be involved in the leadership of the countries involved in World War I.
• Tuchman also uses the occasion of Edward VII’s funeral to illustrate the complex web of alliances, agreements, and understandings that were in place during the early years of the twentieth century.
• It is shown that the deceased King Edward VII of England is one of the most biologically connected men in Europe, being directly...
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