The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

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Penguin, Nov 6, 2012 - History - 880 pages
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From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower

"Even those who have read widely in 20th-century history will find fresh, surprising details." —The Boston Globe

"A fascinating read, thanks to Ferguson's gifts as a writer of clear, energetic narrative history." —The Washington Post

Astonishing in its scope and erudition, this is the magnum opus that Niall Ferguson's numerous acclaimed works have been leading up to. In it, he grapples with perhaps the most challenging questions of modern history: Why was the twentieth century history's bloodiest by far? Why did unprecedented material progress go hand in hand with total war and genocide? His quest for new answers takes him from the walls of Nanjing to the bloody beaches of Normandy, from the economics of ethnic cleansing to the politics of imperial decline and fall. The result, as brilliantly written as it is vital, is a great historian's masterwork.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
xiii
Introduction
xxxiii
Empires and Races
3
Orient Express
43
Fault Lines
72
The Contagion of War
109
Graves of Nations I4 I
141
i
159
To The Pity of Peace
345
Blitzkrieg
385
i2 Through the Looking Glass
416
Killers and Collaborators
439
T4 The Gates of Hell
466
The Osmosis of War 5o 5
505
the West
596
The War of
647

The Plan
189
Strange Folk 22 I
221
An Incidental Empire
277
Defending the Indefensible 3 12
311
Endnotes
655
Sources and Bibliography
717
Acknowledgements
765
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

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