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To End All Wars How the First World War Divided Britain by Adam Hochschild
  

To End All Wars How the First World War Divided Britain

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To End All Wars How the First World War Divided Britain by Adam Hochschild

In this brilliant new work of history, Adam Hochschild follows a group of characters connected by blood ties, close friendships or personal enmities and shows how the war exposed the divisions between them. They include the brother and sister whose views on the war could not have been more diametrically opposed -- he a career soldier, she a committed pacifist; the politician whose job was to send young men who refused conscription to prison, yet whose godson was one of those young men and the suffragette sisters, one of whom passionately supported the war and one of whom was equally passionately opposed to it. Through these divided families, Hochschild paints a vivid picture of Britain poised between the optimism of the Victorian era and the era of Auschwitz and the Gulag -- a divided country, fractured by the seismic upheaval of the Great War and its aftermath.

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In this deeply moving history of the so-called Great War, those opposing its mindless folly receive equal billing with the politicians, generals, and propagandists obdurately insisting on its perpetuation.  Implicit in Adam Hochschild's account is this chilling warning: once governments become captive of wars they purport to control, they turn next on their own people. --Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Adam Hochschild is the rare historian who fuses deep scholarship with novelistic flair. In his hands, World War I becomes a clash not only of empires and armies, but of individuals: king and Kaiser, warriors and pacifists, coal miners and aristocrats. Epic yet human-scaled, this is history for buffs and novices alike, a stirring and provocative exploration of the Great War and the nature of war itself. -Tony Horwitz, author of A Voyage Long and Strange

In prose as compelling as a masterful novel, Hochschild illuminates t


About the Author

Adam Hochschild is an award-winning author of six books, mostly on subjects related to human rights. King Leopold's Ghost was the winner of the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize and Bury the Chains was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Publication date

20th May 2011

Author

Adam Hochschild

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
356 pages

Categories

First World War

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780230013964

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