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A World on Edge: The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age
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Daniel Schoenpflug
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A World on Edge: The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age

Daniel Schoenpflug



General & world history;
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000;
First World War


352 pages

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A World on Edge reveals Europe in 1918, left in ruins by World War I. But with the end of hostilities, a radical new start seems not only possible, but essential, even unavoidable. Unorthodox ideas light up the age like the comets that have recently passed overhead: new politics, new societies, new art and culture, new thinking. The struggle to determine the future has begun.

The sculptor Kathe Kollwitz, whose son died in the war, was translating sorrow and loss into art. Ho Chi Minh was working as a dishwasher in Paris and dreaming of liberating Vietnam, his homeland. Captain Harry S. Truman was running a men's haberdashery in Kansas City, hardly expecting that he was about to go bankrupt - and later become president of the United States. Professor Moina Michael was about to invent the 'remembrance poppy', a symbol of sacrifice that will stand for generations to come. Meanwhile Virginia Woolf had just published her first book and was questioning whether that sacrifice was worth it, while the artist George Grosz was so revolted by the violence on the streets of Berlin that he decides everything is meaningless. For rulers and revolutionaries, a world of power and privilege was dying - while for others, a dream of overthrowing democracy was being born.

By:   Daniel Schoenpflug
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   228g
ISBN:   9781509818518
ISBN 10:   1509818510
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Daniel Schoenpflug was born in 1969, and is a guest lecturer at the Free University, Berlin, and the academic coordinator at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO). He specializes in European history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, focusing on social and cultural history. Alongside his research, teaching and academic management work, he has also been successful in bringing history to a wider public and has co-authored scripts for docu-dramas broadcast on German national television, as well as writing A World on Edge.

This turbulent era left its mark on the biographies of people from all walks of life. Schoenpflug introduces readers to all these individual stories so vividly you could almost think they only happened a few moments ago. -- Sibylle Lewitscharoff, author of <i>Blumenberg</i> For a brief moment a century ago the end of the Great War offered peace and the prospect of a bright new social order to a dark, ravaged Europe. In his moving and inspired book, historian Daniel Schoenpflug recreates how these days were experienced by the people who lived them-their struggles, dreams, and desires-and traces the elusive fate of their noble visions. An evocative and deeply affecting requiem for what might have been. -- Douglas Smith, author of <i>Rasputin</i> and <i>Former People</i> Historian Daniel Schoenpflug gives us a kaleidoscope of sparkling stories . . . elegantly composed and beautifully written. -- Alexander Gallus * Die Zeit * With great care, a marvellous eye for detail and a highly accomplished style, [Daniel Schoenpflug] reveals this time anew and allows readers to rediscover the twentieth century and themselves. A masterpiece. -- Philipp Blom, author of <i>Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918</i>-<i>1938</i> `Outstanding . . . a wonderfully stimulating guide to a world that knew it had changed utterly but was fearful about where it was heading.' * Evening Standard *

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