The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

The War That Ended Peace The Road To The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity progress and hope But in Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict

  • Title: The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914
  • Author: Margaret MacMillan
  • ISBN: 9781400068555
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe s dominance of the world It was a war that could have beenThe First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe s dominance of the world It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment so why did it happen Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award winning historian Margaret Macmillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as important, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in history.

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    • Margaret MacMillan

      Margaret Olwen MacMillan OC D.Phil born 1943 is a historian and professor at Oxford University where she is Warden of St Antony s College She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto A well respected expert on history and current affairs, MacMillan is a frequent commentator in the media.

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    • I want to kick myself for not being able to attend when Margaret Macmillan visited Madrid recently to present her book.She is the great grand daughter of David Lloyd George (1863-1945), the British politician from the Liberal party who was Chancellor of the Exchequer when WW1 broke out but became Prime Minister during the contention.But it is not thanks to her kinship but to her own academic acumen that she is the current Warden at Saint Antony’s College, a think tank for historians. For me th [...]


    • Lately, those around me have discovered something disconcerting: my attempts to shift all conversation to the topic of the First World War. I can’t help it; I’m obsessed. At dinner, if my wife asks me about my day, I reply: “Better than the English on the first day of the Somme.” When my little daughter says, “Dada, milk,” I tell her she’s as helpless as an Austro-Hungarian field marshal. At the bar, when others try to talk about the National Football League, I’m busy trying to k [...]


    • Margaret MacMillian’sThe War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 could not be better. I have to confess that when I opened the first page I was practically ignorant as to what caused the Great War. I only remember from high school that the war and specifically that the invasion by Belgium by Germany was the result of the assassination of an Austrian archduke, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Serbian assassin. I did not know all the personalities involved, or the intricacies of the al [...]


    • The War That Ended The Peace:The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan is the history that lead to the first world war and started the twentieth century. MacMillan originally from Toronto, Canada is a historian and professor at Oxford University, where she also earned her PhD. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, and Senior Fellow At Massey College. She is the author of several book including: Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the Wor [...]


    • In the days following July 24, 1914, every domino fell in just the right way so that war became the only possible outcome. Margaret MacMillan's great success is outlining how that all developed over the preceding years throughout Europe and the European nations' worldwide interests. As MacMillan states at the end of this brilliant work:We must remember, as the decision-makers did, what had happened before that last crisis of 1914 and what they had learned from the Moroccan crises, the Bosnian on [...]


    • I found this volume to be an excellent look at the 25 yrs or so leading up to the Great War and how Europe drifted into war. Professor MacMillan looks at each of the five main powers in Europe and how events and the personalities of the major people in those countries affected the steps that lead to war.The author looks at each of the major powers in Europe and traces the developments that led the alliances and from there to war. She looks the pressures each country was under and how they affect [...]


    • It's taken me an extraordinarily long time to listen to this audiobook. This was mostly because the edition I acquired from Audible didn't download properly, stopped playing about twenty one chapters in and I then listened to another book before going back to fix the problem. In any event, I've now finished listening to all 31 hours and 34 minutes of the book and I've come to a conclusion. Much as I love listening to audiobooks, I'll think twice before listening to rather than reading any more n [...]


    • WWI is just fascinating. I've been trying to learn more about this period as I see it as a grand operatic tragedy, full of lessons, parallels, and warnings for us contemporary folk. I tend to have a bit more knowledge of the War itself than the events preceding, so this was a very useful and informative read for me.First off, I think this book is excellent. It is very readable, well-written, and actually quite exhaustive. Lord only knows how much research went into this thing, the depth and brea [...]


    • The bibliography of the origins of WWI, much like its subject, is vast beyond comprehension. Therefor I was not expecting much of the centenial literary avalanche. Margaret MacMillan was a forerunner and felt overhyped, in spite of her laudable credentials (Peacemakers). I'm pleasantly surprised to see the book live up to the fanfare. The story in itself is familiar, with the Anglo-German race as its starting point. It's spiced up with the usual array of anecdotes pulled from memoirs & diari [...]


    • This book describes the complex mosaic of history, politics, personalities, relationships, institutions, and ideas that developed and interacted with each other through the 19th century and into the 20th century that then lead to a set of circumstances in Europe that caused the nation’s leaders to see no alternative to war. Thus World War began 100 years ago in 1914. The book contains parallel histories of the various European countries and tries to provide an understanding of those individual [...]


    • The period before World War 1 seems to come into season roughly every generation. A new crop of historians begin to plough the rich field of controversy, blame and nostalgia in search of new insights, or at least to fulfill the insatiable appetite of a new generation of readers. The appeal lies in a number of factors - the complex interaction of events, motives and personalities bears all the fascination of the most gripping of true crimes. Like the Jack the Ripper case, the books and documentar [...]


    • I'm kind of tempted to add this to my 'too-stupid-to-live' shelf, though that's actually intended for poorly constructed fictional characters. You can't spend 600-odd pages with the powers of pre-World War I Europe without feeling that you've fallen down a rabbit hole of stupidity, populated by armies of Tweedle Dums and Tweedle Dees. MacMillan does a good job of interweaving all the various crises, treaties, alliances, and threats, and if the fact that the war happened still doesn't make sense, [...]



    • I was certain that I had written a review of this book when I read it. No trace of one here now. Just to say that I am a big fan of MacMillan's. As in Paris, 1919, in The War That Ended Peace, she uses detailed information of the individuals involved to build an overall picture of the years, months and, specifically, days leading up to the event. She is not looking to assign blame on any one person or country. She is presenting a panorama of how the players, generally through their own hubris, s [...]


    • Soberbio ensayo sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial y sus desencadenantes: un recordatorio de que, independientemente de las circunstancias peculiares que concurrieron en el estallido de aquel conflicto, muchos de los problemas de la vieja Europa, sus raíces y esencias, siguen sin duda presentes y latentes en la actualidad. Margaret MacMillan: “La gran pregunta es por qué no se mantuvo la paz”


    • Margaret MacMillan begins her book about the events leading up to World War I with the Paris Exposition of 1900. It celebrated the best in arts, sciences, and technology around the world. But new technology also fueled an arms race, especially between naval powers, and created weapons that led to an enormous loss of life in the Great War.The major players in the world events are brought to life with interesting quotes, pictures, and cartoons from the era. The book discusses how the creation of a [...]


    • From BBC Radio 4: 1914 Day by Day:Margaret Macmillan chronicles the events leading up to the First World War. Each episode draws together newspaper accounts, diplomatic correspondence and private journals from the same day exactly one hundred years ago, giving a picture of the world in 1914 as it was experienced at the time.The series tracks the development of the European crisis day by day, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand through to the first week of the conflict. As well as [...]


    • Did It Really Have To Happen?Margaret MacMillan wants to challenge our tendency to think that just because something happened in the past, it was therefore inevitable. Before the war, Europe had achieved unprecedented power and prosperity without any major wars for a century. She contends that the so-called "War to End Wars" was really the "War That Ended Peace". Could that peace have continued? Could we have avoided the outcome that created the twin evils of fascism and communism, and led to th [...]


    • My first book by MacMillan, and it turned out to be a great read. The history of the First World War has always fascinated and confused me at the same time, and MacMillan has delivered a fine tome to help us understand it all. MacMillan begins her work with a look at the belligerents at the turn of the century as they devised the alliances and nursed the grievances that bring them war. She gives us portraits of the leaders and thinkers who would be confronted with decision in 1914, although the [...]


    • The author has written a book exploring the aftermath of World War 1, "1919." Here, she examines events leading to the outbreak of that same war.She outlines, year by year, developments leading up to worldwide conflict. She tries to answer the question (Page xxv): "How could Europe have done this to itself and the world?" She observes that this is a war that did not have to happen; major powers may well have been able to call the conflict off up until August 4th of 1914 when Great Britain decide [...]


    • To my shame I was unable to read this book. Ordering it from the library in the first place was my own fault. In spite of having a snooze button that is immediate activated by anything to do with war or politics, I just barged ahead and ordered it. Why? Well, it was because of the glowing reviews of my ' friends.My ultimate pleasure since joining has been the number of great reviews I have read, and the number of fantastic books I have been introduced to. But I need to keep a head on my shoulde [...]


    • I received this book through a Good Reads "First Reads" giveaway. To be honest, I was somewhat hesitant to start this book - not too long ago I read Max Hastings' excellent book "Catastrophe 1914", and wondered if reading another narrative so soon afterwards that examines the causes of World War I (especially a book that clocks in at over 600 pages) would be able to completely hold my interest. Fortunately, that proved not to be problem, I found this book to be exceptional and impossible to put [...]


    • Very good and detailed summary of the series of steps that led to the First World War. No finger pointing or blame, MacMillan mainly just lays out the incredible amount of decisions, big and small, that would eventually cause all the bloodshed. One thing that I haven't seen covered elsewhere, at least in this kind of detail, is the long series of crises and international incidents involving the major powers that preceded the war in the early 20th century, and how the outcome of each crisis, indi [...]


    • Publicado en lecturaylocura/1914-de-la-“1914. De la paz a la guerra” de Margaret McMillan. Olvidar la historia puede llevar a repetirla de nuevoQue el año 2014 podía originar la proliferación de novedades referentes a la Gran Guerra era de conocimiento general; que fuese tal el alud de textos, una “Granguerraexploitation” en toda regla, convirtiéndose en algo inabarcable, no era quizás tan predecible. No quiero ni pensar cuando lleguemos al 2039, teniendo en cuenta la mayor populari [...]


    • I approached this mammoth volume, by an admirable Canadian historian (with ties to my old college,) full of enthusiastic anticipation. There are far too many varnished centennial ceremonies marking the start of World War One these days, when the stupidity and extremity of the war's slaughter should be the focus, and I looked for a caustic and probing analysis of how such a meaningless disaster could have happened.After 645 pages of text and another 70 pages of notes and bibliography, I certainly [...]


    • The World War II metaphor may often dominate much of our political discourse (especially in the case of foreign policy), as well as our language, and even our culture (think classic war movies), but it was World War I, President Willson’s famously miss-labeled “War to End All Wars,” that spawned our modern world. One suspects that there are many reasons that the First World War doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Not only does it suffering in comparison with the oft imagined “good w [...]


    • The “war to end all wars” has always interested me, maybe because of the ongoing irony of that naïve belief that wars ever settle much of anything. I had previously read MacMillans’s PARIS, 1919, about Wilson’s “world made safe for democracy”, so it was a matter of working backward from the illusory “peace” to the war that precipitated the illusion in the first place. MacMillan is fond of linking those events of a 100 years ago to our recent history. For example, the assassinati [...]


    • Margaret Macmillan is a Canadian historian who is teaching at Oxford University. She is the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George, Britain’s wartime Prime Minister. I recently read Max Hastings “Catastrophe 1914”. He and Macmillan are covering the same nine months leading up to the war. Hasting covered the role of general staff of rival governments showing a step by step documentation leading up to war. MacMillan on the other hand covers the diplomats and politicians showing step by st [...]


    • Satisfying, LONG history of the failure of peace in Europe leading inexorably, sadly to WWI. MacMillan held my hand through the unbearable journey. Great read for those who still can't wrap their brains around the insanity of that war. She renders the Zeitgeist quite comprehensible: the history before 1914, the often poor, unprepared leadership (Wilhem II, I'm pointing a big finger at you), honor culture, fear, irrationality, difficulty with modernization, radicalization, disruption of the old o [...]


    • It only took me four and a half months and 6 checkouts from the library to finish this book. Not that it was a bad book at all but it is very detailed and required more concentration than I am used to giving a book. This book gave a very complete and comprehensive view of the politics and personalities that combined to create the first world war. I admittedly have little familiarity with the era and the profusion of names from different countries left me a little lost sometimes. I also found the [...]


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