Tuchman’s chapter title, “Home Before the Leaves Fall,” quotes the Kaiser’s words to his troops predicting a short war. You will see these hopes broadly echoed as you read the chapter. Pay special attention to the way the British Empire came into the First World War. The next chapter in this week’s selection is an interesting interlude, describing the pursuit of two German ships in the Mediterranean. Keep in mind the significance of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War as you follow the Goeben and Breslau to Constantinople.