The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jack Beatty

The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began

Walker Books
Publication date: February 2012
ISBN: 9780802779106
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In The Lost History of 1914, Jack Beatty offers a highly original view of World War I, testing against fresh evidence the long-dominant assumption that it was inevitable. "Most books set in 1914 map the path leading to war," Beatty writes. "This one maps the multiple paths that led away from it."
Chronicling largely forgotten events faced by each of the belligerent countries in the months before the war started in August, Beatty shows how any one of them-a possible military coup in Germany; an imminent civil war in Britain; the murder trial of the wife of the likely next premier of France, who sought détente with Germany-might have derailed the war or brought it to a different end. In Beatty’s hands, these stories open into epiphanies of national character, and offer dramatic portraits of the year’s major actors-Kaiser Wilhelm, Tsar Nicholas II , Woodrow Wilson, along with forgotten or overlooked characters such as Pancho Villa, Rasputin, and Herbert Hoover. Europe’s ruling classes, Beatty shows, were so haunted by fear of those below that they mistook democratization for revolution, and were tempted to "escape forward" into war to head it off. Beatty’s powerful rendering of the combat between August 1914 and January 1915 which killed more than one million men, restores lost history, revealing how trench warfare, long depicted as death’s victory, was actually a life-saving strategy.
Beatty’s deeply insightful book-as elegantly written as it is thought-provoking and probing-lights a lost world about to blow itself up in what George Kennan called "the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century." It also arms readers against narratives of historical inevitability in today’s world.
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Challenging perspective

Here is a book that changed my perspective about everything I thought I knew about World War I. The Lost History of 1914 by Jack Beatty takes us back to the past and as the title suggests, it reveals a number of events that could just as well have been the foundation of the road leading all the way to one of the biggest massacres in the world. The arguments and evidence brought by the author to his audience articulate some well embed critical analysis that keeps the mind asking questions about the real truth of the well known facts. Beautifully written, it gives insights for those who like challenging the history.
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