The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

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Allen Lane, 2006 - Armenian massacres, 1915-1923 - 745 pages
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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 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? Why did progress descend into genocide? In his most important book to date, Niall Ferguson resolves the paradox of the Age of Hatred. With all his trademark brilliance, vigour and originality, he sets out to explain what went wrong with modernity. It's a quest that takes him from the Siberian steppe to the plains of Poland, from the streets of Sarajevo to the beaches of Okinawa, and from the graveyards of Guatemala to the killing fields of Cambodia. The answers he finds are novel and compelling. Drawing on a pioneering combination of history, economics and evolutionary theory, The War of the World is a revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era.

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This is a very good book indeed. I like the way that he writes, and clearly builds up the entire momentum of events leading up to World War I and World War II. The book has clearly been researched ... Read full review

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User Review  - tbrennan1 - LibraryThing

A compelling work detailing the hatred in humanity as revealed by the wars of the twentieth century. This century was the most savage in history and the historian Niall Ferguson reveals the mix of ... Read full review

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Introduction
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Empires and Races
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Niall Ferguson was born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow. He is a Scottish historian. He specializes in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His books include Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1993), Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), The Pity of War: Explaining World War One (1998), The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (1998), The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 (2001), Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power (2003), Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (2004), The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West (2006) and The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008), Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011) and The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die.

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