The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

Category: Book
By (author): Macmillan, Margaret
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Western
  HISTORY / General
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: July 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 9.00in x 6.03in x 2.00in
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From The Publisher* The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment-so why did it happen? Beginning in the early nineteenth century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as important, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path toward war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.

Review Quote*"Evocative…. [MacMillan] lays out in superb detail the personalities of power … and the choices they made, or neglected to make, that contributed to the start of the war in August, 1914." - The Globe and Mail

"Thorough and highly readable." - National Post

"It is [MacMillan's] commitment to storytelling and her insistence that ‘there are always choices' that provides a welcome break from the passive voice of so many First World War tomes." - Maclean's

"A richly textured account of the road to war…. Vivid." - The Guardian (U.K.)

"Splendidly well written-fluent, engaging, well-paced and, despite the grim subject, often entertaining." - New Statesman

"She writes prose like an Audi-purring smoothly along the diplomatic highway, accelerating effortlessly as she goes the distance. This is a ground-breaking book, decisively shifting the debate away from the hoary old question of Germany's war guilt. MacMillan's history is magisterial-dense, balanced and humane. The story of Europe's diplomatic meltdown has never been better told." - Spectator

"The Canadian historian laces The War That Ended Peace with deft character sketches and uses sources incisively…MacMillan escorts the reader skilfully through the military, diplomatic and political crises that framed the road to war from 1870 to 1914." - FT

"Excellent, elegantly written book…as fine an assessment of the reason peace failed as any yet written." - Saul David

"Margaret MacMillan, the author of Peacemakers, which won numerous prizes, is that wonderful combination-an academic and scholar who writes well, with a marvelous clarity of thought. Her pen portraits of the chief players are both enjoyable and illuminating. Among the cascade of books arriving for the anniversary, this work truly stands out." - Antony Beevor
Biographical Note MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General's Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.