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The locomotive of war : money, empire, power, and guilt

Author: Peter Frederick Clarke
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'War is the locomotive of history, ' claimed Trotsky, a remark thought to acknowledge the opportunity the First World War offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia 1917. And here Peter Clarke uses it on a broader canvas to explore how war, rather than socioeconomic forces or individuals, is the prime mover of history. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, saw the locomotive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: David Lloyd George; Winston Churchill; Woodrow Wilson; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; John Maynard Keynes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Frederick Clarke
ISBN: 9781620406601 1620406608 1408851652 9781408851654
OCLC Number: 1012748221
Description: 1 v. (ix, 418 pages) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Peace and war. The disciple as prophet: Thomas Woodrow Wilson --
A man of the people: David Lloyd George --
Aristocrat and soldier: Winston Spencer Churchill --
How the liberals started a world war --
Goodbye to the Garden of Eden: John Maynard Keynes --
Knight-errant of progressivism: Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
The British war effort: Churchill, Lloyd George, Keynes --
The American way in warfare: Wilson and House --
War and peace. Agenda for the hall of mirrors: Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Wilson --
The Fourteen Points in Paris: Wilson and Lloyd George --
A Carthaginian peace? Keynes --
Reparations and guilt: Lloyd George and Wilson --
Further economic consequences: Keynes and Lloyd George --
Second chances: Churchill, Roosevelt, Keynes --
Epilogue: the legacies of war in the long run
Responsibility: Peter Clarke.

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"'War is the locomotive of history, ' claimed Trotsky, a remark thought to acknowledge the opportunity the First World War offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia 1917. And here Peter Clarke uses it on a broader canvas to explore how war, rather than socioeconomic forces or individuals, is the prime mover of history. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, saw the locomotive power of war geared up to an unprecedented level, and through the unique prism of this vast tragedy Peter Clarke examines the most influential figures of the day: David Lloyd George who, without the strains of war, would never have become prime minister in 1916; Winston Churchill who, except for the war crisis of 1940, would have been unlikely to be recalled to office; and John Maynard Keynes who, but for the same, would hardly have seen his own economic ideas and authority so suddenly accepted. Gladstone, Woodrow Wilson, Asquith, Roosevelt, they're all here in this highly sophisticated analysis of the lives, writings, decisions and pronouncements of the era's leaders. By following the trajectories of these influential lives Peter Clarke illuminates some of the crucial issues of the period: not only leadership and the projection of authority but also military strategy, war finance and the mobilization of the nation's personnel and economic resources. The Locomotive of War is a fascinating examination of the interplay between key figures in the context of unprecedented all-out war of 1914 and 1939 and the broader dynamics of history in an extraordinary period"--Publisher's description.

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A highly original and compelling book, a wide-ranging and challenging interpretation by a superb historian. Clarke brilliantly shows how the moral imperatives of Anglo-American liberalism shaped the Read more...

 
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