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1913 : in search of the world before the Great War

Author: Charles Emmerson
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspective narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features ... In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this "prelude to war" narrative, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Emmerson
ISBN: 9781610392563 1610392566 9781610392570 1610392574
OCLC Number: 808413578
Description: xiv, 526 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
I. Centre of the universe : London: world city ; Paris: the eternal, the universal ; Berlin: powerhouse ; Rome: the Pope's aeroplane ; Vienna: shadows and light ; St. Petersburg : eastern colossus --
II. The old new world : Washington, DC: republic, nation, empire ; New York: metropolis ; Detroit: a model future ; Los Angeles: Boom! ; Mexico City: Monroe's bequest --
III. The world beyond : Winnipeg-Melbourne: Britain abroad ; Buenos Aires: southern star ; Algiers: the radiance of the republic ; Bombay-Durban: tapestry of empire ; Tehran: under foreign eyes ; Jerusalem: Zion and its discontents --
IV. Twilight powers : Constantinople: tides of history ; Peking-Shanghai: walking slumber ; Tokyo: rising sun ; London: beyond the horizon --
Epilogue: The afterlife of 1913.
Other Titles: Nineteen-thirteen
Responsibility: Charles Emmerson.

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"Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspective narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features ... In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this "prelude to war" narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe's capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open."--Jacket.

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