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1913: The World Before the Great War


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  • 1913: The World Before the Great War 
    Title: 1913: The World Before the Great War
    Author: EMMERSON CHARLES
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 15/04/2013
    Imprint: BANTAM
    Price: $52.95
    Publishing status: Active

    Most retrospective accounts of the world in 1913 reduce it to either its most frivolous features u last bright summers in grand aristocratic residences u or to its most destructive ones: the rivalries of great European powers, rumbling social unrest in Russia and the angst of Viennese coffee houses. The portraits that result are dominated either by the faded pastels of aristocratic indulgence or the undifferentiated blackness of a world on the brink of the abyss. The true nature of the times u optimistic, modern and internationalist, as much as pessimistic, archaic and nationalist u is lost. 1913: The World before the Great War proposes a different and more expansive portrait of 1913, returning this world to its contemporary freshness. It brings key elements u the way it was ordered, its presumptions, its expectations for the future u back to life. It paints a coherent picture without skimming over differences, or ignoring contradictions. What emerges is unexpected: more richly patterned, more diverse and more outwardly secure. Through the stories of cities from Detroit to Bombay, Winnipeg to Durban, Tokyo to Algiers, Charles Emmerson reveals a year in which a truly global society was emerging for the first time in human history.

    ISBN: 9781847922267
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