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How Wars Begin (English Edition) von [Taylor, A J P]
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War has been one of the most destructive and decisive forces in world history.

But how do wars begin?

In this provocative book, the AJP Taylor addresses one of the greatest questions in history.

Taylor examines eight major conflicts, from the Napoleonic era to the Cold War, discussing the motives and personalities behind the decisions to go to war.

Some wars had a long background, whilst others were brought about by the overweening ambitions of a single man - Napoleon at the beginning of the period, Hitler towards the end. Public opinion, secret diplomacy, jingoism, armament manufacturers, and even historians, have all played a role in setting nation against nation.

But often, Taylor argues, the actual declaration of a war bears little relation to its profound cause. Wars in fact have sprung more from apprehension than from a lust for conquest. Every Great Power is suspicious of any likely or even unlikely rival. What seems defence to one will always appear as aggressive preparation to another.

'With nuclear weapons the Balance of Power has been replaced by the Balance of Terror,' writes Mr Taylor. 'This only means that the chances are less, not that they have been eliminated. In the old days the deterrent worked nine times out of ten. Now presumably it will work ninety-nine times out of a hundred. But if past experience is any guide, the hundredth occasion will come.'

'How Wars Begin' is a brilliant examination of one of the most challenging of all historical issues from one of the greatest historians of his generation.

'Anything Mr Taylor writes is worth reading ... he is our greatest popular historian since Macaulay' - The Spectator

'His informal, pithy style makes the book compelling - even exciting - reading' The Irish Times

A.J.P. Taylor (1906-90) was one of the most controversial historians of the twentieth century. He served as a lecturer at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford, and London. Taylor was significant both for the controversy his work on Germany and the Second World War engendered and for his role in the development of history on television. His books include 'War By Timetable' and ‘The War Lords’, also published in e-book by Endeavour Press.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1122 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Endeavour Press (30. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00I5PB9AM
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lesser Taylor 12. April 2014
Von Ron N. Butler - Veröffentlicht auf
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A very disappointing little book, in any number of ways.

First, it's hardly a book, more like a longish pamphlet.

Second, Taylor's style is terrible, reading like a first draft or (possibly) dictation.

Third, the Kindle version is studded with formatting/transcription errors, which makes even the best book look like an amateur effort.

Finally, Taylor never really addresses the stated subject, "How Wars Begin." The book consists of quick accounts of how a number of wars, from the wars following the French Revolution, began but with no overall theme or pattern developed. Also, Taylor's narrative is both very brief -- and rather bad. His version of how the First World War started reads like a caricature or satire. I can't tell if brevity tripped him up or if this how Taylor really thought WWI began.

The last section, on the Cold War (still running in 1979 and over only shortly before Taylor died in 1990) is just terrible, even taking into account the passage of thirty-plus years.

Taylor did better work elsewhere (or so I'm told). Better than this is a pretty low bar.
3.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting casual summary of 8 European wars beginning with ... 3. November 2014
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An interesting casual summary of 8 European wars beginning with the Napoleonic, finding precursors to the moment of declaration of war -- some a bit ideosyncratic and using such phrases as "provoked" or "forced" ( into bombing Pearl Harbor). So in the end, wars begin through a sequence of events, disputes, which culminate in the ultimate dispute.
Taylor is very learned but doesn't really show it off here
3.0 von 5 Sternen Insubstantial 15. August 2016
Von J. R. Trtek - Veröffentlicht auf
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The reviewer of 12 April 2014 hit the nail on the head: there just isn't much "here" here. The book reads as if Taylor is just a bit tipsy from too much sherry and is rambling on while sitting in a plus armchair in front of a sputtering fire. There are perhaps a few insights now and then, and a couple interesting historical sidelights, but really no substance at all. Even the illustrations, of which there are many, are pretty dull.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Ok if you're a fan of the author 2. August 2015
Von John S. D'Angelo - Veröffentlicht auf
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Not really too much new territory is covered here that hasn't already been written about in Taylor's other books. If the publisher bundled this, War Lords, How Wars End, and Revolutions and Revolutionaries into one package and priced it reasonably it would make more sense, since all of these are short works.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Insight into Human Naturue 15. April 2014
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A. J. P. Taylor has a good grasp of how human beings operate.

And so he gives us a good idea of how irrationally wars begin.
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