The Long Shadow: The Legacies Of The Great War In The Twentieth Century

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The Long Shadow: The Legacies Of The Great War In The Twentieth Century

by David Reynolds

WW Norton | May 13, 2014 | Hardcover

The Long Shadow: The Legacies Of The Great War In The Twentieth Century is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In critically acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. He shows how events in that turbulent century—particularly World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism—shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914–18.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.48 × 6.42 × 1.55 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393088634

ISBN - 13: 9780393088632

Found in: History

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magisterial in scope. And mostly, but not always, in execution. David Reynolds takes us through a century of political, cultural, and artistic memories of The Great War. Which interpretations are constantly changing, morphing as regimes change, new wars are fought, and new archives are opened. And these ideas shape their thinkers. Hence, The Long Shadow. Reynolds' knows what he's doing, but doesn't always seamlessly bring everything together. In a way, he's a classic academic: excellent in his strengths (which must be literature) but sometimes forced to bring in outside interests (politics, I think) to tell a bigger story. He ends on a haunting question: how, in another hundred years, will we remember the war? Will we at all? I'm a child of the eighties who can reach directly to the Second World War and see The Great War just over the horizon. So the Silence and the Cenotaph are still real for me. But what of those who come after? The monuments will remain, and it rests with us to teach the future. On this centennial of the outbreak of war, I will bring my infant daughter to the Act Of Remembrance. So that she will learn what went before, and what we hope ever again to avoid.
Date published: 2014-05-12

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The Long Shadow: The Legacies Of The Great War In The Twentieth Century

by David Reynolds

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.48 × 6.42 × 1.55 in

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393088634

ISBN - 13: 9780393088632

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One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In critically acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. He shows how events in that turbulent century—particularly World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism—shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914–18.

About the Author

David Reynolds is a professor of international history at Cambridge University. He is the author of books including The Long Shadow and In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, which won the Wolfson Prize.

Editorial Reviews

“[World War I has] been analyzed before, but never with such depth of perception or range of understanding. Reynolds is able to speak with authority on economics and philosophy; literature and art; politics, diplomacy and memory. He is a historian of immense skill, utterly confident of his wisdom and deservedly so.” “ is an extraordinary work. With deep perception and knowledge David Reynolds tells the story and assesses the significance of the Great War from its beginnings to the present day. . . . Many books on the Great War have already appeared and will continue to do so during these centennial years. It is hard to imagine that there will be a better one.” “Brilliant…the most challenging and intelligent book on the Great War and our perceptions of it that any of us will read this, or any other year.” “[A] masterly look at what the war meant and how its meaning changed by decade.” “ is a fluent corrective to our preoccupation with our own individual and family war stories, and offers a truly global perspective on the conflict’s long shadow.” “Who better as remembrancer than David Reynolds, with his customary lucidity, his long view, his comparative perspective, his contemporary sensitivity, his scholarly sanity and his crisp humanity? …This is the work of a master historian.” “Transcends conventional histories about World War I …The kind of book that challenges readers to
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