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The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Margaret Macmillan
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17. Oktober 2013
WINNER of the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 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 which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which 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 Arch Duke 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 our history.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Profile Books (17. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 184668272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846682728
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,8 x 16 x 6,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 77.563 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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The War that Ended Peace tells the story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe. These epic events, brilliantly described by one our era's most talented historians, warn of the dangers that arise when we fail to anticipate the consequences of our actions. Immersed in intrigue, enlivened by fascinating stories, and made compelling by the author's own insights, this is one of the finest books I have read on the causes of World War I. -- Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State 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 The War That Ended Peace is a masterful explanation of the complex forces that brought the Edwardian world crashing down. Utterly riveting, deeply moving, and impeccably researched, MacMillan's latest opus will become the definitive account of old Europe's final years -- Amanda Foreman splendidly well written - fluent, engaging, well-paced and, despite the grim subject, often entertaining -- Richard Overy New Statesman magisterial...rich and suggestive... MacMillan is a wry and humane chronicler of this troubled world... lively and sophisticated... as MacMillan observes in a closing sentence that is well worth taking to heart, 'there are always choices' -- Christopher Clark London Review of Books She writes prose like an Audi - purring smoothly along the diplomatic highway, accelerating effortlessly as she goes the distance. This is a ground-breaking book, decisively shifting the debate away from the hoary old question of Germany's war guilt. MacMillan's history is magisterial - dense, balanced and humane. The story of Europe's diplomatic meltdown has never been better told. -- Jane Ridley Spectator The Canadian historian laces The War That Ended Peace with deft character sketches and uses sources incisively...MacMillan escorts the reader skilfully through the military, diplomatic and political crises that framed the road to war from 1870 to 1914. -- Tony Barber FT Margaret MacMillan, the author of Peacemakers , which won numerous prizes, is that wonderful combination - an academic and scholar who writes well, with a marvellous 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 Times MacMillan is a perceptive guide to the thought processes of the key players -- Simon Griffith Mail on Sunday excellent, elegantly written book...as fine an assessment of the reason peace failed as any yet written -- Saul David Evening Standard Few historians have better credentials to write about the origins of the First World War than the Oxford scholar Margaret MacMillan...with its lovely elegant style, keen eye for human foibles and impeccable attention to detail, this is one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times A sweeping but immensely readable account...an impressive feat -- Bronwen Maddox Prospect MacMillan's superb and very entertainingly written guide to this Europe - a Europe, as she shows, similar to our own in some ways, but very different in others - will be warmly welcomed by different kinds of reader. Those who "know" the subject will find new perspectives and new ways of looking at it, while those less familiar with it could hardly find a better introduction or a better basis for judging some of the centenary polemics we now face. -- Roger Morgan Times Higher Education [A] richly textured account of the road to war -- David Blackbourn Guardian Magnificent...The War That Ended Peace will certainly rank among the best books of the centennial crop. The Economist vivid, gripping and scholarly -- Piers Brendon Independent monumental...sharply observed, pacy book -- Lionel Barber FT Books of the Year the most balanced and readable study of the first world war's causes -- Tony Barber FT Books of the Year a fascinating must-read book for anyone who wants to understand the centenary of this event next August, and Ireland's place within it -- Ruairi Quinn Irish Times Books of the Year brilliant...the author is not merely a fine scholar...but she is also terrifically sensible, a rare combination -- Max Hastings Mail on Sunday Books of the Year ...one of the most incise and brilliant narratives of the causes of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century... The Sydney Morning Herald

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Margaret MacMillan is the author of Women of the Raj and international bestsellers Nixon in China and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its attempt to end the war. She won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize for Peacemakers, and her most recent book Uses and Abuses of History [9781846682100] was published by Profile. The past Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the Warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Introduction To The Great War 27. November 2013
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"The War That Ended Peace" is an extensively researched study of the people and events that led Europe to World War I. The Road To 1914 did not begin in Sarajevo. Author Margaret MacMillian begins with the state of Europe in 1900 and then examines the countries, leaders and issues that drove history down that road. The readers learn much about the Kaiser, Kings Edward VII and George V, Tsar Nicholas, Emperor Franz Joseph, colonial rivalries and the flare-ups over places like Morocco and the Balkans and shifts in relative power that threatened to bring the Great Powers into conflict. With the background laid MacMillan examines the plans for war and peace and the interests that threatened to reshuffle the alliances in the days leading up to war. Finally the narrative covers the downward slope through the assassination, ultimata, negotiations, mobilizations and declarations until "The lamps are going out all over Europe."

This is historical writing at its finest. I do not, by any means, consider myself an expert on World War I. Despite that limitation this book never left me confused or bored. What I found to be a rare but fascinating quality is the ability to draw parallels between events of a century ago and more recent ones. The comparison between the visit of King Edward VII to Paris and President Nixon to Beijing is one example. Many of us will will become much more familiar with World War I during the upcoming Centennial. "The War That Ended Peace" is a great introduction to the Great War.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen good and unbiased 11. Mai 2014
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This account is well researched and shows how the alliances in Europe led toma chain reaction once one party declared war on another. That some observers understood how the machine gun and modern artillery would check offensives and result in a drawn-out war of attrition is remarkable. The general lack of first-rate leaders is objectively described.
The editing could be better, and the author would have done well to avoid colloquialisms such "getting it". That is my only criticism.
James Cunningham, Basel, Switzerland.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent overview 16. Januar 2014
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One cannot understand the causes of the Great War unless one also understand the political, economic, social and cultural environment in which it took place.

Hence, the ramshackle nature of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the constitutional arrangements of Germany post 1870,the first and Second Balkan Wars, the familial relations of the monarchy system in Europe, the fragile nature of Tsarist Russia, arms race between Great Britain and a resurgent Germany, the British and Japan,the desire of Germany to launch offensive warfare , social Darwinism, belief in romantic and heroic views of warfare, increase in weapon technology, and so on, are taken in account by Margaret Macmillan.

Along with The Origins of the First World War: Diplomatic and Military Documents (Documents in Modern History) annotated Edition published by Manchester University Press (2013) Macmillan's book, in my opinion is one of the two best books about the origins of WWI that have been published the past several years.

Given the nature of history, the mountain of variables, the dubious quality of many sources and the inability to adopt in full the scientific method that science depends on, it is no wonder that despite the over 46000 books plus articles on the Great War there is still so much disagreement about its causes and conduct.

There is, of course, no agreement among historians or political scientists about what causes war. Is it the nature of man, the type of state or states involved, or problems with the anarchical international system, such as balance of power, instability or lack of a credible international law? Opinions differ widely. Mathematical models have been built and used with poor results.
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Erstklassige Beschreibung der entscheidenden historischen Hintergründe !
Soziologische Zusammenhänge werden besonders subtil herausgearbeitet und kritisch bewertet.
Der Automatismus bei Kriegsbeginn wird überzeugend erläutert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessant 12. August 2014
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Interessante, aber auch erschreckende Analyse über die Konflikte und die Handelnden, die Europa und die Welt in den Grossen krieg trieben. Z.T. etwas ausufernd, auch in den Darstellungen der beteiligten, her nicht wirklich wichtigen Persönlichkeiten. Am Ende reibt man sich die Augen und versteht immer noch nicht, wie es geschehen konnte.
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