The War That Ended Peace

The War That Ended Peace

[the Road to 1914]

Audiobook CD - 2013
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The century since the end of the Napoleonic wars had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. In the first years of the twentieth century, Europe believed it was marching to a golden, happy, and prosperous future. But instead, complex personalities and rivalries, colonialism and ethnic nationalism, and shifting alliances helped to bring about the failure of the long peace and the outbreak of a war that transformed Europe and the world.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, p2013
ISBN: 9780804127424
0804127425
Branch Call Number: CD 940.311 MAC NVD
Characteristics: 25 sound discs (ca. 32 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Burnip, Richard

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May 12, 2016

A portrait of an age, and its spiral into self-destruction. All of the societies that were major belligerents in WW1 are given their due: Russian Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy, and to a lesser extent the Ottoman Empire. Major personages that had political and military influence (Fisher, Bulow, Jaures, and numerous others) are given brief bios, in addition to their decision making. It covers much the same ground as Tuchman's "The Proud Tower", but is more thematically organized and more thorough. The narrator's voice is deep, with a slight English accent, and was relatively easy to listen to. The problem I had with it was its length: it felt too long, and the third quarter of the work I found tedious at times. This work, I suspect is better read than listened to, which is unusual, since most works are better to listen to than to read.

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