The Great War not only destroyed the lives of over 20 million soldiers and civilians and wounded 21 million more, it also ushered in a century of huge political and social upheaval, led directly to the Second World War and altered for ever the mechanisms of government from the most distant post of Empire (of whatever nationality) to the core of the old world. And yet its causes, both long term and immediate, have continued to be shrouded in mystery, and to be the subject of falsification at the time - papers, diaries and memoranda shredded by the principals so that the record has been fantastically hard to set straight - and later of impassioned debate by scholars from its aftermath until today. But David Fromkin has taken a new approach to the problem, which leads in unexpected directions and reveals a new pattern in the happenings of that fateful July and August. Rather than one war, starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, he sees two conflicts, related but not inseparably linked, whose management - coupled with tragic miscommunication, misunderstanding and obfuscation - drew Europe and the world into what the Economist described as early as 1914 as 'perhaps
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David Fromkin is Professor of International Relations, History, and Law at Boston University. He is the author of In the Time of the Americans and A Peace to End All Peace, which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.Review:
"He has a gift for seeing the whole world and for packing complicated material into a few boldly stroked sentences" * New York Times * "Fromkin gives some excellent pen portraits of the principals and uses quotations to deadly effect" * Sunday Times * "A crisp, lively, day-by-day account of that fateful summer... This book, both decisive and nuanced, is as convincing as it is appalling" * Foreign Affairs * "An absorbing history of WWI's origins... Superb" * Newsweek * "An enormously impressive book, a popular history brimming with fresh scholarship" * Weekly Standard *
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Descripción William Heinemann Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110434008583
Descripción William Heinemann Ltd. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0434008583 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0215348