The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

byMargaret Macmillan

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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 towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in history.

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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 wo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:784 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.75 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:ALLEN LANE CANADALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670064041

ISBN - 13:9780670064045

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tragic, Compelling History In view of the fact that the outcome of the events leading up to World War I can never be in any doubt, it is marvellous how compelling the detail of the unfolding story is.  Macmillan is brilliant in her analysis of actual events and shifts in national attitudes, but has an outstanding insight into the personalities involved. We emerge understanding the interaction of political circumstance and social forces with the powerful individuals, trying to maneuver their way through the series of crises that marked the early years of the 20th century. The outcome was that they led or blundered their nations into a massively destructive war on a scale they could scarcely imagine.
Date published: 2013-12-17

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"Once again, Margaret MacMillan proves herself not just a masterly historian but a brilliant storyteller. She brings to life the personalities whose decisions, rivalries, ambitions, and fantasies led Europe to "lay waste to itself" and triggered decades of global conflict. Hers is a cautionary tale of follies a century in the past that seem all too familiar today." - Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution