The Proud Tower : A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman

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“The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are solely the fever chart of the affected person; they don’t inform us what brought on the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one should function inside the framework of an entire society and attempt to uncover what moved the individuals in it.” –Barbara W. Tuchman The fateful quarter-century main as much as the World War I used to be a time when the world of Privilege nonetheless existed in Olympian luxurious and the world of Protest was heaving in its ache, its energy, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated charge of change in historical past, a cataclysmic shaping of future. In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society reasonably than the state. With an artist’s selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the individuals, locations, and occasions that formed the years main as much as the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the finish of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed by means of the determine of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden beautiful blaze of Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet and Stravinsky’s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, lastly, the youth, beliefs, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the second when the heroic Jean Jaurè s was shot to demise on the evening the War started and an epoch ended. “Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a uncommon mixture of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It can be inconceivable to read The Proud Tower with out pleasure and admiration.” –The New York Times “Tuchman proved in The Guns of August thatshe may write higher army historical past than most males. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and heat understanding, eschewing each the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord.” –Time present extra

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  • Title: The Proud Tower : A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914
  • Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Category: General
  • Date: 01 Jan 1997
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 528
  • ISBN: 345405013

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