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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 (original 1966; edition 1996)

by Barbara W. Tuchman (Author)

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In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman brings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two peace conferences in The Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaures was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.… (more)
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Title:The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
Authors:Barbara W. Tuchman (Author)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996), Edition: 1st Ballantine Books, 608 pages
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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman (1966)

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Historian Barbara Tuchman is a highly regarded historian and author, and her book "The Proud Tower" is very popular among most all readers. It looks at life and society in Western Europe and the U.S. in the decades immediately prior to the breakout of World War I. I think Evan Leach's Goodreads review of July 3, 2013 describes the eight essays which make-up the book provides a good description of what to expect.

And while most readers enjoyed this book, it never grabbed me. It did describe several aspects of society in the western warring nations prior to the outbreak of war, but didn't give me insights into how and war actually broke out, and thus didn't meet my needs or expectations.

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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
This book contained some good information put into historical context. However, there were long periods of boring verbosity. I come to expect this with Tuchman so I usually hang in there with her to glean the tidbits which I find useful. ( )
  ricelaker | Feb 7, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Read 2015. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 12, 2020 |
Very enjoyable Tuchman, as always. This is a seminal examination of the people and culture of Europe and America before the first World War. Covering France, England, Germany, Austria, and the United States, Tuchman examines the people who shaped movements like socialism and political events such as the Dreyfus affair. Highly recommend this history read. ( )
  jeterat | Apr 10, 2020 |
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While from a proud tower in the town
Death looks gigantically down.

-- From"The City in the Sea"
Edgar Allan Poe
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The last government in the Western world to possess all the attributes of the aristocracy in working condition took office in England in June of 1895.
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In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman brings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two peace conferences in The Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaures was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.

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