Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is tempting to compare events in Ukraine to 1914. But the current crisis bears little resemblance to the geopolitical situation of the time. The answers history provides are anything but singular and absolute.
Von Christopher Clark
Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol.

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol.

Foto: THOMAS PETER/ REUTERS
Christopher Clark, 54, is a professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. His latest book "The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914," about the outbreak of World War I and the scope of German culpability, is a bestseller.