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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
 
 

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 [Kindle Edition]

Adam Hochschild
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King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award. It also won a J. Anthony Lukas award in the United States, and the Duff Cooper Prize in England. His books have been translated into twelve languages and four of them have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award in Nonfiction and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. His last two books have also each won Canada’s Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on international affairs and the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards. In 2005, he received a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.

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"This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard."--Christopher Hitchens, "New York Times Book Review"

"Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story, and explores it in provocative ways . . . Exemplary in all respects."--Jonathan Yardley, "Washington Post
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"In this deeply moving history of the so-called Great War, those opposing its mindless folly receive equal billing with the politicians, generals, and propagandists obdurately insisting on its perpetuation. Implicit in Adam Hochschild's account is this chilling warning: once governments become captive of wars they purport to control, they turn next on their own people."
--Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War
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"Adam Hochschild is the rare historian who fuses deep scholarship with novelistic flair. In his hands, World War I becomes a clash not only of empires and armies, but of individuals: king and Kaiser, warriors and pacifists, coal miners an


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 501 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: Reprint (11. April 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004X7TKUM
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5.0 von 5 Sternen der vergessene Krieg 15. April 2014
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Vor 30 Jahren bin ich einmal an eienm nebeligen, regnerischen Tag durch die Wälder rechts der Meuse nördlich von Verdun gefahren und habe mich gefragt, warum dieser Krieg in Deutschland nahezu vergessen zu sein scheint. Kann es daran liegen, dass es kaum Bücher in deutscher Sprache gibt, die ohne zu verurteilen diesen Krieg aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln beschreiben?

Adam Hochschilds Buch ist so ein Buch, das den grossen Krieg aus dem Blickwinkel einiger Protagonisten der englischen upper class, dem Blckwinkel des einfachen Soldaten an der Front und dem Blickwinkel einiger Pazifisten und Kriegsdienstverweigerer in der englischen Heimat beschreibt. Dabei wird ein sehr kritischer Blick auf die englische kavalerieverliebte Generaltät geworfen (Haig, French), die den Grabenkrieg hasst und die Realität des Krieges ignoriert. Auf der anderen Seite lernt der Leser englische Pazifisten kennen (Keir Hardie, die Pankhurst Familie ua), die viel Mut besassen und dem "Geheul" einer patriotischen Presse widerstanden.
Dieses Buch ist kein Propaganda Buch. Es beschreibt die Grausamkeit des Grossen Krieges vornehmlich aus englische Sicht.
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Will man, wissen, was in einem Land während eines Krieges alles vor sich geht, dann ist dies eine hervorragende Quelle.
Am Beispiel Englands im 1. WK, erfährt man, quer durch die Sozialpyramide das ganze Drama.
Allgemein gültig ist es sowieso, denn der Mensch ändert sich nicht, er lernt auch nicht (wirklich) dazu.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "When this century collapses, dead at last 6. April 2011
Von Leonard Fleisig - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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And its sleep within the dark tomb has begun,
Come, look down upon us, world, file past
And be ashamed of what our age has done.

Inscribe our stone, that everyone may see
What this dead era valued most and best:
Science, progress, work, technology
And death - but death we prized above the rest."

These verses, written by early 20th-century Czech playwright and author Karel Capek, sounded a fitting leitmotif as I read Adam Hochschild's "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918." The 20th century was one ravaged by two world wars, genocide, and countless `smaller' wars. But for sheer brutality, for the slaughter that turned hundreds of miles of trenches into a charnel house of unprecedented proportions it is hard to imagine a place or time when death was prized more than it was during the war to end all wars.

Histories of World War I abound, from Barbara Tuchman (The Guns of August) to Winston Churchill (The World Crisis, 1911-1918) to John Keegan (The First World War). There are no shortage of books about the bravery of the soldiers who rose from their trenches and marched into certain death. Similarly there are no shortage of books about the almost criminally incompetent British and French Generals whose strategic planning (if you could call it that) was horrifically simple: send hundreds of thousands of men forward against entrenched positions and hope the Germans ran out of machine gun bullets before the British and French forces ran out of men. Not so readily available are books that take a look at the relatively few people who stood up and spoke out against the indiscriminate slaughter. Hochschild balances the scales a bit by taking a look at the stories and motivations behind those few souls who opposed it.

The book is set up as a straightforward chronological narrative beginning with Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 celebrating the 60 years of her monarchy, through the Boer War and the introduction of concentration camps and the use of machine guns as one of the original weapons of mass destruction, the lead up to war, and then a chronological narrative of the war itself. This is all well-plowed ground and if this were simply a narrative of the war it would be a well-written popular history that would serve as a good introduction to the period. However, Hochschild intersperses the traditional narrative with a parallel narrative that was not nearly so familiar to me. While focusing on Britain's role in the war, Hochschild tells us the stories of people like Keir Hardie, Sylvia Pankhurst, Charlotte Despard (the brother of General John French, who was to become Commander in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces), Emily Hobhouse, Bertrand Russell and others. These were people from all walks of life who for various reasons, political, social, or religious, opposed the war. Hochschild also looks at some of those who stridently supported the war from the sidelines, including Rudyard Kipling and the author John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dover Thrift Editions)) who lashed out at those who did not adopt the motto For King and Country.

What Hochschild does very well in his book is to explore the family and social connections between the groups leading Britain into war and those few who opposed it. Causalities in World War I, as Hochschild points out hit the upper classes particularly hard. The officer class in the British military was almost exclusively drawn from the upper echelons of British society and their losses in the war were very high. One cliché about the American Civil War describes it as one in which brother fought against brother. Here we had upper class families rent asunder between those who fought (and often died) and those within their ranks who opposed it and sometimes went to prison for those beliefs.

The Russian memoirist Nadezhda Mandelstam once wrote of the great deeds that can be accomplished by people who with great courage stand up and speak out on behalf of their conscience: that "a person with inner freedom, memory, and fear is that reed, that twig that changes the direction of a rushing river." Hochschild does an excellent job writing about the twigs that desperately wanted to change the rushing river of blood that carried millions of people off to die. Their failure to achieve this goal, however, in no way diminishes their value and the value of this book. Highly recommended. L. Fleisig
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "War will be impossible if all men come to the view that war is wrong" 9. April 2011
Von Andrew S. Rogers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"If we were allowed to magically roll back history to the start of the twentieth century and undo one -- and only one -- event," author Adam Hochschild asks toward the end of this powerful and sobering book, "is there any doubt that it would be the war that broke out in 1914?" Books that tell of the horrors of the trenches, and the blindness and stupidity of the generals who so relentlessly stoked the inferno with the bodies of young men are far from rare. But despite this book's covering well-furrowed ground, two things make "To End All Wars" especially worth reading.

One is the author's skill as a historian, storyteller, and portrait-painter. The other is the spotlight he shines on an element of British society not often included in the standard war histories: those who opposed the war, those who refused to fight in it, and those who, however ineffectually, tried to prevent or end it. As Thomas Fleming did for American participation in the war in his outstanding The Illusion Of Victory: America In World War I (which I highly recommend as a companion read to this one), Hochschild here not only rescues British antiwar activists from historical obscurity, but shows the length to which the government tried to silence and suppress them. Particularly interesting and powerful is his technique of contrasting specific individuals with a common tie: For instance, Britain's military commander Field Marshal Sir John French and leading antiwar agitator Charlotte Despard were brother and sister. Sylvia Pankhurst, who also spoke out against the war, was opposed and shunned for the rest of her life by her exceptionally belligerent and nationalistic mother and sister, Emmeline and Christabel.

This was an era when even Christian ministers could preach (as Field Marshal Douglas Haig approvingly quoted) that "three years of war and the loss of one-tenth of the manhood of the nation is not too great a price to pay in so great a cause" (p. 180), and when a government lawyer could argue for the arrest and imprisonment of conscientious objectors on the grounds that "war will become impossible if all men were to have the view that war is wrong" (p. 191). Then as now, calling into question the reason so much blood was being shed takes its own kind of heroism. As the author notes, "For [officers and men at the front] to question the generals' judgment would have meant, of course, asking if their fellow soldiers had died in vain. From the need to avoid such questions are so many myths about wars born" (p. 165).

Still, such questions have to be asked eventually, and it's a historian's job to do so. Hochschild should be commended for his effort and this book, I think and hope, should be widely read. At one point, the author mentions the well-known recruiting poster featuring "two children asking a frowning, guilty-looking father in civilian clothes, `Daddy, what did YOU do in the great war?'" (p. 151). We should be quicker to honor those like labor leader Bob Smillie, who said his answer to that question would be, "I tried to stop the bloody thing, my son."
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Do not buy KINDLE edition 26. Juli 2011
Von David Bland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a review of the Kindle edition specifically. The publisher did a terrible job of putting this together as an ebook. (1) There are no footnotes in the text even though there are footnotes at the end. (2) There are lots of photo credits listed a the end but you can't find the photos in the text. Perhaps they are there, buried somewhere, but I can't find them. (3) The index isn't text, it's a series of photos of the index from the printed book! I have asked Amazon for a refund. Kindle owners need to let publishers know that we will not tolerate this nonsense.

UPDATE: Please see the comment that "college_student" makes
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5.0 von 5 Sternen War from the minority view 15. April 2011
Von CGScammell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is great reading and is one of those books you have to read in bits to let it all sink in. The narrative and the characters provide for a new angle on the war England fought in WWI, and it started in the Boer War of South Africa at the turn of the century, the opening era of this story. While the US, with its new imperialistic goals, was basking in victories against the Spanish, England was holding on to its South African lands because of the diamond mines there, not realizing that German troops were coming in from the north to spy on these troops. The Germans used British intelligence against the English later in WWI.

The Boer War and its heroes (and its pacifists) was another war women suffragettes were opposing, as English soldiers brutalized native tribes in Africa. Characters come to life here in a minor but powerful opposition against the English empire, and that is its own women who are tired of war and appression and abuse. Because these women are vocal about their demands, their right to vote is delayed until well after WWI.

And this shows how England and the US developed in unison when it came to female suffrage.

The characters depicted in this narrative are not the charactes we know so well with WWI, and this makes for eye-opening and interesting reading. We read about influential women, Irish freedom fighters, patriotic writers, wealthy business men, patriotic monarchs. This isn't the standard Good vs Bad guys fighting a war that tends to make it in history textbooks, but the people on the sidelines who struggle just as much. Winning WWI for England was imperative; all other things were secondary and this narrative shows how that all came about.

The writing style is akin to Barbara Tuchman, with great detail to the social happenings of the time. This is definitely a must read for WWI fans, fans of English/European history. This book is not a rehash of events, but rather a story about all those heroes that never made it into the standard history textbooks.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written history of the Great War from a different, period perspective. 14. April 2011
Von P. Eisenman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I must admit I was a bit worried I wouldn't like this book. From the product description, I feared the subject might be commandeered as a platform for equating modern political perspectives, given the world conflicts of today and the opposition they generate.

I am very pleased to say that TO END ALL WARS is a scholarly (but by no means boring!) work of history. Author Adam Hochschild crafts a marvelous story of the war years in Britain--and, in fact, across Europe. No bias (in either direction) intrudes onto the complex story of the War and a deep look into the small, but sometimes vociferous opposition.

Don't think it's one-dimensional, though. It also explores the rationale behind the pro-war side, allied strategy, life in the trenches, the personalities of the British field commanders John French and Douglas Haig, French's anti-war sister, the Pankhurst family of suffragettes (who never overcame the schism in the family the war caused), conscientious objectors and more.

I found the book quick paced, fascinating and hard to put down. It also gives one pause to think about the war from a different perspective.

At the end, author Hochschild completes the post-war stories of the characters he's introduced throughout the book. After that, and ONLY then, does he opine some of his thoughts on how the history he's written of may possibly relate to today. Agree or disagree, I found no objection to his stating his thoughts in such an entirely appropriate manner. The reader is left to form their own opinion on what we can learn from this war. Was it avoidable? Were lives wasted to no purpose? Or was it a worthy fight in defense of freedom and innocent peoples? Was it both or all or none of the above? You decide. It is important to note that at no point in the main body of the book, did anything other than a presentation of historic FACT occur.

I've read a great many books on the First World War (as my Grandfather was a medic in the AEF which makes the subject have personal interest for me), from all different time periods. The blatently biased immediate post-war histories by the victors to recent scholarly works and everything in between. But, I can say that there are few which I found as interesting and thought provoking as TO END ALL WARS. I've often wondered how General Haig could initiate an operation like the Somme and continue throwing men into it for months on end. I've also wondered what kept those men marching dutifully into such a battle instead of staging a mutiny. The First World War is not an easy conflict to rationalize, because much of it makes no sense when viewed with hindsight. Was a whole continent just swept up into events which spiraled to a point where all control was lost? And how exactly does such a catastrophe happen? TO END ALL WARS, while not answering any of these questions, does provide some different perspectives from which to consider them.

I give FOUR STARS to TO END ALL WARS. A well-written, well-researched history book. Easy to read and holds your interest. An aspect of the subject that I haven't seen covered in such detail before and an important aspect to learn and understand. If we want to learn from history, we have to learn about history from all sorts of angles, whether or not we agree with what the participants were thinking. Were the people in this book right or wrong in either their opposition or their "patriotism"? With this book, you'll be able to delve into that question and maybe come up with some answers of your own.
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more than 35 percent of all German men who were between the ages of 19 and 22 when the fighting broke out, for example, were killed in the next four and a half years, and many of the remainder grievously wounded. For France, the toll was proportionately even higher: one half of all Frenchmen aged 20 to 32 at the war's outbreak were dead when it was over. &quote;
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(When a final tally was made after the war, it would show that 27,927 Boersalmost all of them women and childrenhad died in the camps, more than twice the number of Boer soldiers killed in combat.) &quote;
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