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The war of the world : twentieth-century conflict and the descent of the West

Author: Niall Ferguson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Historian Fergusson provides a revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era that resolves its central paradox: why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence, and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing. From the conflicts that presaged the First World War to the aftershocks of the Cold War, the twentieth century was by far the bloodiest in all of human history. How  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niall Ferguson; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 1594201005 9781594201004
OCLC Number: 70839824
Description: lxxi, 808 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The great train crash. Empires and races ; Orient express ; Fault lines ; The contagion of war ; Graves of nations --
pt. 2. Empire-states. The plan ; Strange folk ; An incidental empire ; Defending the indefensible ; The pity of peace --
pt. 3. Killing space. Blitzkrieg ; Through the looking glass ; Killers and collaborators ; The gates of hell --
pt. 4. A tainted triumph. The osmosis of war ; Kaputt --
Epilogue: The descent of the West --
Appendix: The War of the World in historical perspective.
Responsibility: Niall Ferguson.
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Historian Fergusson provides a revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era that resolves its central paradox: why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence, and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing. From the conflicts that presaged the First World War to the aftershocks of the Cold War, the twentieth century was by far the bloodiest in all of human history. How can we explain the astonishing scale and intensity of its violence when, thanks to the advances of science and economics, most people were better off than ever before? Wherever one looked, the world in 1900 offered the happy prospect of ever-greater interconnection. Why, then, did global progress descend into internecine war and genocide? Drawing on a pioneering combination of history, economics, and evolutionary theory, Ferguson examines what he calls the age of hatred and sets out to explain what went wrong with modernity. --From publisher description.

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