The War in Eastern Europe

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1916 - Journalists - 335 pages
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Journalist John Reed (most famous, I guess, for his book about the Russian Revolution, Ten Days that Shook the World, and for being played by Warren Beatty in the movie, Reds) traveled throughout ... Read full review

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Interesting earlier work by author of Ten Days the Shook the World,--view of Eastern Front written without foreknowledge of Russian Revolution Read full review

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Page 316 - The Macedonian question has been the cause of every great European war for the last fifty years, and until that is settled there will be no more peace either in the Balkans or out of them.
Page 210 - Russian ideals are the most exhilarating; Russian thought the freest, Russian art the most exuberant; Russian food and drink are to me the best, and Russians themselves are, perhaps, the most interesting human beings that exist.
Page 26 - God is great. God is great. ... I bear witness that there is no god but God. ... I bear witness that Mohammed is the Apostle of God. . . . Come to prayer ! Come to prayer ! ... God is great. God is great. There is no god but God.
Page 232 - ... The news from Russia stirred him most. It seemed to be the first crack in the imperialist war firmament. Reed had been in Russia in 1915 when he was reporting the war on the eastern front and he had glimpsed something of the country's turmoil. At the time he could not quite answer his own question: "Is there a powerful and destructive fire working in the bowels of Russia, or is it quenched?
Page ix - As I look back on it all, it seems to me that the most important thing to know about the war is how the different peoples live; their environment, tradition, and the revealing things they do and say.
Page 98 - We walked on the dead, so thick were they — sometimes our feet sank through into pits of rotting flesh, crunching bones. Little holes opened suddenly, leading deep down and swarming with gray maggots. Most of the bodies were covered only with a film of earth, partly washed away by the rain — many were not buried at all.
Page 210 - ... and narrowly private. Russia is also a great empire; but there the people live as if they knew it were one. In Petrograd some streets are a quarter-mile broad and there are squares threequarters of a mile across, and buildings whose facades run on uninterrupted for half a mile. Houses are always open; people are always visiting each other at all hours of the day and night. Food and tea and conversation flow interminably; every one acts just as he feels like acting, and says just what he wants...
Page v - We were going to see Italy enter the war, Venice destroyed by the Austrians, be in Serbia in time for the last stand of the Serbs ; watch Rumania plunge into the conflict: stand by at the fall of Constantinople ; accompany the Russian steamroller to Berlin : and spend a month in the Caucasus reporting barbarically colored battles between Cossacks and Turks.
Page 54 - Every [Serbian] peasant soldier knows what he is fighting for. When he was a baby, his mother greeted him, 'Hail, little avenger of Kosovo!
Page 55 - Madness Visible mistakes. What Reed wrote then could easily be lifted from any newspaper today: "In the Serbian schools the children are taught not only the geography of old Serbia, but of all the Serbian lands, in the order of their redemption — first Macedonia, then Dalmatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia. . . . Now Kosovo is avenged and Macedonia delivered.

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