The War of the World: Twentieth-century Conflict and the Descent of the West

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Penguin, 2007 - History - 808 pages
Historian Fergusson provides a revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era that resolves its central paradox: why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence, and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing. From the conflicts that presaged the First World War to the aftershocks of the Cold War, the twentieth century was by far the bloodiest in all of human history. How can we explain the astonishing scale and intensity of its violence when, thanks to the advances of science and economics, most people were better off than ever before? Wherever one looked, the world in 1900 offered the happy prospect of ever-greater interconnection. Why, then, did global progress descend into internecine war and genocide? Drawing on a pioneering combination of history, economics, and evolutionary theory, Ferguson examines what he calls the age of hatred and sets out to explain what went wrong with modernity. --From publisher description.
 

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A sweeping, big-picture view of the bloodiest century in human history.The 21st is giving the 20th century a run for its money, but, as prolific historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; Colossus ... Read full review

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This book was originally intended as a sequel to Harvard historian Ferguson├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬ŻsThe Pity of War , an examination of World War I, but the author├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs research lured him beyond the ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
xiii
Introduction
xxxiii
Empires and Races
3
Orient Express
43
Fault Lines
72
The Contagion of War
109
Graves of Nations I4 I
141
i
159
To The Pity of Peace
345
Blitzkrieg
385
i2 Through the Looking Glass
416
Killers and Collaborators
439
T4 The Gates of Hell
466
The Osmosis of War 5o 5
505
the West
596
The War of
647

The Plan
189
Strange Folk 22 I
221
An Incidental Empire
277
Defending the Indefensible 3 12
311
Endnotes
655
Sources and Bibliography
717
Acknowledgements
765
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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

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