1918: War and Peace

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Overlook Press, 2001 - History - 616 pages
"In 1918: War and Peace, renowned historian Gregor Dallas traces the transition from war to peace across Europe from the perspective of five capitals: Berlin, Paris, Washington, London, Moscow. In Berlin the cabarets and beer halls are open, while there is shooting in the streets. In Paris, the peacemakers have assembled to draft the Treaty of Versailles and create the League of Nations. Washington is divided between those who want to open America to the world and those who would prefer the world to go away. A new theater season opens in London, where David Lloyd George holds new elections and reorganizes the War Cabinet, and John Maynard Keynes worries about the debt. Moscow, still reeling from the Revolution of 1917, is a scene of desolation, but Lenin insists on setting up the Third International." "In many ways the start of peace is more complex and fascinating than the start of war. Peace - and the way the victors in war handle the peace - sets the habits and builds the pattern of life for generations to come. In 1918, the silencing of the guns led to the collapse and disappearance of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman empires; to revolution and civil disorder; to poverty and disease. The face of Europe was changed forever and the consequences of the peace in that autumn of 1918 would bear fruit twenty years later - when new horrors would await the next generation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A sweeping, swirling history of the end of WWI and the ensuing struggle for peace—and of the inadvertent and ineluctable construction of the foundation of WWII.Dallas (The Final Act: The Roads to ... Read full review

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Although numerous studies focus on the origins, course, and consequences of World War I, few examine the process of how the war ended. Dallas, an independent scholar living in France and author of ... Read full review



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Gregor Dallas is the author of many critically acclaimed works of European history. Born in London, he was educated in Britain and the United States, has taught in American universities, and now lives in France.

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