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— Jonathan Glick (@jonathanglick) May 8, 2014
In a way, after reading The Sleepwalkers, which is a diplomatic history of the coming of World War I after the assassination of Archdule Franz Ferdinand, I agree on "chaos and incompetence." The book shows, though, very clearly and despite the book's slightly deceptive title, that there were factions on all sides -- who wanted war and fought to achieve it, not least French and Russian factions. In the chaos and incompetence, not that they themselves were especially competent, the pro-war factions won out. The Kagans would have done very well in the Austro-Hungarian context, I am sure.