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In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England's fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on naive assumptions of German aims--and England's entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.That the war was wicked, horrific, inhuman, is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. More British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War; indeed, the total British fatalities in that single battle--some 420,000--exceeds the entire American fatalities for both World Wars. And yet, as Ferguson writes, while the war itself was a disastrous folly, the great majority of men who fought it did so with enthusiasm. Ferguson vividly brings back to life this terrifying period, not through dry citation of chronological chapter and verse but through a series of brilliant chapters focusing on key ways in which we now view the First World War.For anyone wanting to understand why wars are fought, why men are willing to fight them, and why the world is as it is today, there is no sharper nor more stimulating guide than Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War.

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In this book, aimed to appeal not only to students but also to the general reader, Ferguson explodes many of the myths surrounding the First World War, and reassesses one of the events which helped to shape the twentieth century.

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An incisive, meticulously researched and rigorously argued assessment of the cataclysmic conflict that was the First World War, which explodes many of the myths surrounding it. "...beautifully written, unpretentious in style, and without any special pleading or rancour, it must take a permanent place at the top of the War's historiography" "The Daily Telegraph".

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ISBN:
9780140275230
Author:
FERGUSON, NIALL
Publisher:
Libri
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Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
19991007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
198 x 128 in.

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"Synopsis" by , In this book, aimed to appeal not only to students but also to the general reader, Ferguson explodes many of the myths surrounding the First World War, and reassesses one of the events which helped to shape the twentieth century.
"Synopsis" by , An incisive, meticulously researched and rigorously argued assessment of the cataclysmic conflict that was the First World War, which explodes many of the myths surrounding it. "...beautifully written, unpretentious in style, and without any special pleading or rancour, it must take a permanent place at the top of the War's historiography" "The Daily Telegraph".

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