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The Long Shadow The Great War and the Twentieth Century

by David Reynolds

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The Long Shadow The Great War and the Twentieth Century Synopsis

In Britain we have lost touch with the Great War. Our overriding sense now is of a meaningless, futile bloodbath in the mud of Flanders -- of young men whose lives were cut off in their prime for no evident purpose. But by reducing the conflict to personal tragedies, however moving, we have lost the big picture: the history has been distilled into poetry. In The Long Shadow, critically acclaimed author David Reynolds seeks to redress the balance by exploring the true impact of 1914-18 on the 20th century. Some of the Great War's legacies were negative and pernicious but others proved transformative in a positive sense. Exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism and re-examining the differing impacts of the War on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that 1914-18 is a conflict that Britain, more than any other nation, is still struggling to comprehend. Stunningly broad in its historical perspective, The Long Shadow is a magisterial and seismic re-presentation of the Great War.

The Good Book Guide Review

In the first part of his book, Reynolds looks perceptively at the impact of the Great War on the two decades that followed the peace treaties of 1919, as they would have been seen by contemporaries rather than through the prism of the Second World War. In the second part, titled ‘Refractions’, he considers our more recent relationship with the Great War, how we remember it in film, poetry and literature, from Oh What a Lovely War, through the work of Wilfred Owen and Pat Barker to Lutyens’ Thiepval memorial.

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ISBN: 9780857206374
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857206374
Publication date: 11th September 2014
Author: David Reynolds
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 544 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: First World War, General & world history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About David Reynolds

David Reynolds was one of the founders of Bloomsbury Publishing where he was Deputy MD for 20 years.  His first job was on the legendary Oz magazine.  He is the author of Swan River (shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize) and Slow Road to Brownsville published to great reviews.

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