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The Proud Tower: A Protrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

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The fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaurès was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.

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"Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish....It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration." The New York Times

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"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord." Time

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"The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it."

--Barbara W. Tuchman

The fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaurès was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.

"Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."

--The New York Times

"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord."

--Time

About the Author

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, and The First Salute.

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JoAnn, March 27, 2011 (view all comments by JoAnn)
In the 19th Century, the Anarchist Proudhon proclaimed "Property is theft!" Anarchists killed many heads of state, including a Czar of Russia and U.S. President William McKinley. Today, Libertarians proclaim that "Taxation is theft!" and people driven mad by right-wing propaganda insist on carrying guns everywhere and take shots at "liberals" and their institutions.

Between the two stands the Great War, World War I, whose 100th anniversary is only 3 years away. I want more people to read this story of the culture that started that war and was swept away by it, so we can avoid a similar catastrophe in our own.
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9780345405012
Subtitle:
A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Author:
Tuchman, Barbara W.
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Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
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Random House Trade Paperbacks
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General
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Fiction
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World
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History, modern
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Modern - 20th Century
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20th century
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Military - World War I
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History, Modern -- 20th century.
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World - General
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World History-1650 to Present
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history;wwi;europe;non-fiction;european history;20th century;19th century;war;world history;france;edwardian;germany;european;modern history;fin de siecle;culture;britain;politics;french history;england;american;world;usa;cultural history;gilded age;1900s
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history;wwi;europe;non-fiction;european history;20th century;19th century;war;world history;france;edwardian;germany;european;modern history;fin de siecle;culture;britain;politics;french history;england;american;world;usa;cultural history;gilded age;1900s
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BP-403E
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19960827
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English
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2 16-PP PHOTO INSERTS
Pages:
608
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8.15 x 5.4 x 1.2 in 1 lb

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Product details 608 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345405012 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish....It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."
"Review" by , "Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord."
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"Synopsis" by , "The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it."

--Barbara W. Tuchman

The fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaurès was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.

"Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."

--The New York Times

"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord."

--Time

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