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The Great War: And the Shaping of the 20th Century (edition 1996)

by Jay Winter

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Title:The Great War: And the Shaping of the 20th Century
Authors:Jay Winter
Info:Studio (1996), Edition: First Thus, Hardcover, 432 pages
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WWI was such a significant 20th century event that is almost forgotten by most Americans. This book and the series highlights the devastation, politics, and senselessness of this war. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Mar 27, 2010 |
3021 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, by Jay Winter and Blaine Baggett (read 12 Oct 1997) Since this is a 'companion' book to a TV series, I did not expect too much from it. I was surprised! It has some of the defects of its relation to TV, but it ended very powerfully. There are eight chapters, the last two being on the post-war. The illustrations are haunting, and the notes and bibliography are full of stuff I must read. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 26, 2007 |
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The World War of 1914-1918, the Great War, was the first of the man-made disasters of the twentieth century. In many ways it was without precedent. Never had the battlefield been so vast, whether in the trenches, in the sky, or on and in the seas. Never had a war reached so deeply into the lives of people so far away from the battlefield. The shock waves generated by this cataclysmic event are felt to this day, as this dramatic narrative makes vividly clear. Here is presented a history of world war in a new way. The military flow of the conflict - from the invasion of Belgium in the summer of 1914 to the collapse of Germany in the autumn of 1918 - is followed throughout. But these epic events are rendered with fresh insights by the interweaving of the cultural history of the time - the hopes and dreams, the ideas and aspirations, the exhilaration and despair, both of those remote from power and of those who led them. This is a journey into the intense personal experiences of people trying to make sense of war on a scale the world had never seen. Like the acclaimed television series that it accompanies, The Great War pays special attention to the troubling aftermath of the war: the emergence of new nations amid old and festering problems; how the victims and survivors dealt with loss and disfigurement, guilt and hatred; and the terrible legacy of brutality that has marked so much of the twentieth century.… (more)

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