The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War (Paperback)
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The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War (Paperback)

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WINNER of the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014Longlisted 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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846682735
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 180 x 160 x 35 mm
Edition: Main


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The story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe. 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 -- Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution
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

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“Look beyond authorial presence for reader present”

There has been much fanfare recently over the publication of an eagerly-anticipated title from an author whose work regularly tops bestseller lists. Having never read any of his previous 20-plus books (despite... More

Hardback edition
29th October 2013
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“The War that Ended Peace”

With the 100th anniversary of World War One this year, there has been a massive amount of publication of varying degrees of quality. The War that Ended Peace is definitely at the upper end and is particularly notable... More

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11th September 2014
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