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The War That Ended Peace
The Road To 1914
By (author): Margaret MacMillan
9780143173601 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War I Jul 29, 2014
$24.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 2 in | 1.99 lb 784 pages Penguin Canada
 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.

MARGARET MACMILLAN received her PhD from Oxford University and was a professor of international history at Oxford, where she was also the warden of St. Antony’s College. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; a senior fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto; and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and of St Hilda’s College, Oxford University. She sits on the boards of the Mosaic Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and on the editorial boards of The International History Review and First World War Studies. She also sits on the advisory board of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and is a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust. Her previous books include Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History, Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World, Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in IndiaParis 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and The War That Ended Peace.

“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

“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

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