War of the World Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

ISBN-10: 0143112392

ISBN-13: 9780143112396

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Astonishing in its scope and erudition, this is the magnum opus that Niall Fergusons numerous acclaimed works have been leading up to. In it, he grapples with perhaps the most challenging questions of modern history: Why was the twentieth century historys bloodiest by far? Why did unprecedented material progress go hand in hand with total war and genocide? His quest for new answers takes him from the walls of Nanjing to the bloody beaches of Normandy, from the economics of ethnic cleansing to the politics of imperial decline and fall. The result, as brilliantly written as it is vital, is a great historians masterwork.
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List price: $24.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.870

Niall Ferguson was born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow. He is a Scottish historian. He specializes in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His books include Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1993), Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), The Pity of War: Explaining World War One (1998), The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (1998), The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 (2001), Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power (2003), Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (2004), The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West (2006) and The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008), Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011) and The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
The Great Train Crash
Empires and Races
Orient Express
Fault Lines
The Contagion of War
Graves of Nations
Empire-States
The Plan
Strange Folk
An Incidental Empire
Defending the Indefensible
The Pity of Peace
Killing space
Blitzkrieg
Through the Looking Glass
Killers and Collaborators
The Gates of Hell
A Tainted Triumph
The Osmosis of War
Kaputt
Epilogue: The Descent of the West
The War of the World in Historical Perspective
Endnotes
Sources and Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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