To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949 (Paperback)Ian Kershaw (author)
'Superb ... likely to become a classic' Observer
In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a second conflict that managed to be even worse - a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust.
To Hell and Back tells this story with humanity, flair and originality. Kershaw gives a compelling narrative of events, but he also wrestles with the most difficult issues that the events raise - with what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times - and what this means for us.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
A triumph ... one of a tiny handful of historians whose books will still be read in 100 years -- Laurence Rees * The Mail on Sunday *
Chilling epic-size history ... should be required reading -- Harold Evans * The New York Times *
The story of how the Old World plunged toward hell for 30 years ... There is no man better qualified than Kershaw to take us through the dark valleys of the world wars and the two sombre intervening decades ... fair-minded, deeply researched and highly readable -- Brendan Simms * Wall Street Journal *
We are in the hands of a master historian -- Nigel Jones * Spectator *
Few authors would have the ability, and perhaps the determination, to take on the history of both world wars and the connecting decades at this level of sophistication, depth and breadth -- Robert Tombs * The Times *
Authoritative -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Telegraph *
Kershaw leads his readers through this complex history in a clear and compelling manner -- Joanna Bourke * Prospect *
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