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  • ISBN 0547750315
  • ISBN13 978-0547750316
  • Language English
  • Author Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher Mariner Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Pages 496
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  • Category History
  • Subcategory Europe
  • Size ePub 1609 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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"This is the kind of investigatory history Hochschild pulls off like no one else . . . Hochschild is a master at chronicling how prevailing cultural opinion is formed and, less frequently, how it's challenged." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh AirWorld War I was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” Over four long years, nations around the globe were sucked into the tempest, and millions of men died on the battlefields. To this day, the war stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Many of these dissenters were thrown in jail for their opposition to the war, from a future Nobel Prize winner to an editor behind bars who distributed a clandestine newspaper on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other.As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations get so swept up in the violence? Why couldn’t cooler heads prevail? And can we ever avoid repeating history?"Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story and explores it in provocative ways . . . Exemplary in all respects." — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post"Superb . . . Brilliantly written and reads like a novel . . . [Hochschild] gives us yet another absorbing chronicle of the redeeming power of protest." — Minneapolis Star Tribune


For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. To end all wars : a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914–1918 /. Adam Hochschild. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-618-75828-9. 1. World War, 1914–1918-Great Britain. 2. World War, 1914–1918-. Social aspects-Great Britain.

A: Most books about any war, including this one, tell the story as a conflict between two sides. Instead, I’ve tried to tell the story of 1914–1918 as a struggle between those who felt the war was something noble and necessary, and those who felt it was absolute madness. Q: Were there war resisters on both sides? A: Yes.

To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations get so swept up in the violence?

To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations get so swept up in the violence? Why couldn’t cooler heads prevail? And can we ever avoid repeating history? "Hochschild brings fresh drama to the story and explores it in provocative ways. Exemplary in all respects.

To End All Wars book. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes.

Adam Hochschild (/ˈhoʊkʃɪld/; born October 5, 1942) is an American author, journalist, historian and lecturer

Adam Hochschild (/ˈhoʊkʃɪld/; born October 5, 1942) is an American author, journalist, historian and lecturer. His best-known works include King Leopold's Ghost (1998), To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918 (2011), Bury the Chains (2005), The Mirror at Midnight (1990), The Unquiet Ghost (1994), and Spain in Our Hearts (2016). Hochschild was born in New York City

World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes.

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation.

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Gaudiker
First: The problems with the Kindle edition that were previously reported have been solved. The pictures and the maps are all here.

Second: I would have thought only a Brit could write with such insight and feeling about the tragedy of World War I--but Hochschild is American! To most Americans, WWI is either hopelessly distant; or lacking in the moral complexities of WWII, Communism and the Holocaust; or else it represents the heroic entry of the United States onto the world stage. To Brits, whose smaller country lost many times more men than the US, it was an unspeakable tragedy, made worse by appearing to be unnecessary in both its origin and its scale. Hitler was a madman who could only be stopped by force, but the European leaders during World War I were respectable, eminent Victorians who thought an occasional war was an acceptable means to achieve political goals, as well as being good for morale and "purification". None of them remotely imagined the level of death and destruction to which Europe, then at the pinnacle of world civilization, would be subjected.

Hochschild captures all of this by focusing primarily on the British viewpoint of the war as exemplified by several personalities. Military and government figures like John French, Alfred Milner and Douglas Haig are contrasted with anti-war activists like the Pankhursts, Emily Hobhouse and Bertrand Russell. Today it seems so obvious that the protesters were right: the war was unnecessary, the tactics produces needless slaughter, and common sense should have led everyone to seek a negotiated peace. But at that time the British were carrying on their longstanding tradition of resoluteness and bravery in the face of adversity, and would brook no whining about casualties. It took a while for them to realize that a stiff upper lip was no longer sufficient for masses of soldiers on foot attacking machine guns.

Hochschild reviews the major military events of the war without getting bogged down in minutia. Instead he focuses on the increasingly conflicting reactions of the British as the slaughter mounted. Is it more patriotic to stop the senseless killing of your compatriots, or to persevere in order to win the war and therefore be able to say that their deaths were not in vain? He also explores the enormous class and ethnic conflicts in many countries that occasionally bubbled to the surface during the War.

A great book. I have read many volumes on World War I, but this is one of the most memorable.
Feri
If you think you know a lot about WWI, you don't know nearly everything. This account of the British end of WWI is astoundingly detailed, wrapped in a series of good stories. Not only reviewing the war itself in stark detail, it also reviews the extensive and heavily persecuted anti-war and suffragist movements that affected British society from the top to bottom. Many important families were torn apart by differing views on the war, including Britain's Supreme Commander General Douglas Haig and his relentlessly anti-war sister Charlotte Despard who sided both with resistors and the poor. Exciting, readable writing in the service of top-notch historical research. Hochschild begins the book with the Boer War, tracing its unlearned lessons into the fields of France and Belgium and Turkey as nearly 1,000,000 men from the British empire were slaughtered. Of British men between 18 and 32, 15% died and 30% were wounded. An estimated total of 20,000,000 humans total were killed from all countries. Did anyone go to jail? Only those who thought the war madness.
Raelin
Here in the US of A we seem to be unaware of the 100th anniversary of WW1. For many Americans, this was another of the "OK Europe, we'll swing by and save your butts." I certainly had little understanding of the causes of the Great War. It seems so long ago, but the results of it were as important as the war itself: changes in technology and strategy, changes in ethics and politics, and ultimately, a great big set up for World War II.

"To End All Wars" is not a blow by blow technical review of the war. It will certainly help you understand the political climate of Europe around the turn of the century, and the many hair trigger events leading up to the war.

It is rather a distillation of the British experience of the war utilizing a fairly small number of players: the general, the communist, the feminist, the journalist...it brings an intimacy to the breadth of the war's impact on GB and Europe at large. Of course, there are the requisite discussions of major battles and tactics, the evolution of artillery and military technology, the horrors of trench warfare. But there is also a lot about the dissension of the conscientious objectors and socialists in England, aware of the Communist uprising in Russia and role this played in managing the war, and even in the demise of the German army.

The prose is good and engaging and the personal aspect of the narrative keeps the focus on the tribulations of people rather than battles in this horrifying war. Americans may be disappointed that the US contribution to the tale being told is small, almost an afterthought. But the value of the insight to the reasons for the war and for prosecuting it are worth a somewhat attenuated global perspective.