The Pity of War: Explaining World War I

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Basic Books, 1999 - 563 Seiten
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From a bestselling historian, a daringly revisionist history of World War I
The Pity of War makes a simple and provocative argument: the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. According to Niall Ferguson, England entered into war based on naive assumptions of German aims, thereby transforming a Continental conflict into a world war, which it then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather was the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.
That the war was wicked, horrific, and inhuman is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. Indeed, more British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War. And yet, as Ferguson writes, while the war itself was a disastrous folly, the great majority of men who fought it did so with little reluctance and with some enthusiasm. For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them and why the world is as it is today, there is no sharper or more stimulating guide than Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War.
 

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THE PITY OF WAR: Explaining World War I

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As the 20th century draws to a close, Ferguson (Modem History/Oxford Univ.; The House of Rothschild, 1998) renders a brilliant reassessment of one of the century's most far-reaching and tragic wars ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Ferguson's controversial reexamination of The Great War--which drew some harsh criticism in Britain as revisionist history--forces the reader to take a fresh look at that now mythologized event ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Myths of Militarism
1
Empires Ententes and Edwardian Appeasement
31
Britains War of Illusions
56
Arms and Men
82
Public Finance and National Security
105
The Last Days of Mankind 28 June4 August 1914
143
The August Days The Myth of War Enthusiasm
174
The Press Gang
208
Maximum Slaughter at Minimum Expense War Finance
314
The Death Instinct Why Men Fought
335
The Captors Dilemma
363
How not to Pay for the War
391
Alternatives to Armageddon
429
Notes
459
Bibliography
513
Index
538

Economic Capability The Advantage Squandered
244
Strategy Tactics and the Net Body Count
278

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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of books including:The House of Rothschild, 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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