The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

by Margaret Macmillan

Penguin Group Canada | July 29, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

 The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as important, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path toward war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9 × 6.25 × 2 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014317360X

ISBN - 13: 9780143173601

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from History is a lady. And the best history is a five-star lady. So many authors have trod their way to August 1914 that how could yet another route be special? Well, it has narrative power and a half-twist in perspective that makes it utterly spellbinding and fresh. Rather than look for the outbreak of war, Margaret MacMillan discovers the failure of peace. Because Sarajevo wasn't the first crisis Europe faced. There was Bosnia and Morocco and Fashoda and a half dozen more. Now dusty names for history students that could have had Sarajevo's infamy. But every time, the European powers found a way out. What went wrong this once? Fatalism, inevitability, peak antagonism, one crisis too many, ministers on holiday, and the idiosyncrasies and personal tragedies of the key actors. Take your pick, but really, don't ignore any of them. For such is history written, in the full woven garment instead of the single golden thread. Take her in the round with her infuriating follies and her glorious allures.
Date published: 2014-09-29

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The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

by Margaret Macmillan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9 × 6.25 × 2 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014317360X

ISBN - 13: 9780143173601

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&nbsp;The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe&rsquo;s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment&mdash;so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as important, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path toward war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.

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"Margaret MacMillan, the author of Peacemakers, which won numerous prizes, is that wonderful combination-an academic and scholar who writes well, with a marvelous clarity of thought. Her pen portraits of the chief players are both enjoyable and illuminating. Among the cascade of books arriving for the anniversary, this work truly stands out." - Antony Beevor
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