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The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924

Charles Emmerson



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Bodley Head
05 September 2019
History; General & world history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Social & cultural history; Fascism & Nazism; Political leaders & leadership
In Petrograd a fire is lit. The Tsar is packed off to the Urals. A rancorous Russian exile crosses war-torn Europe to make his triumphal entry into the capital. 'Peace now!' the crowds cry. German soldiers return from the war to quash a Communist rising in Berlin. A former field-runner trained by the army to give rousing speeches against the Bolshevik peril begins to rail against the Jews. A solar eclipse turns a former patent clerk from Switzerland into a celebrity, shaking the foundations of human understanding with his revolutionary theories of time and space. In Paris an American reporter in search of himself writes ever shorter sentences and discovers a new literary style.Lenin and Hitler, Einstein and Hemingway, Sigmund Freud and Andre Breton, Emmaline Pankhurst and Mustafa Kemal - these are some of the protagonists in this dramatic panorama of a world in turmoil.Emperors, kings and generals depart furtively on midnight trains and submarines. Women are given the vote. Artistic experiments flourish. The real becomes surreal. Marching tunes are syncopated into jazz. Civilisation is loosed from its pre-war moorings. People search for meaning in the wreckage. Even as the ink is drying on the armistice that ends the war in the west in 1918, fresh conflicts and upheavals erupt elsewhere. It takes six years for Europe to find uneasy peace.Crucible is the collective diary of an era- filled with all-too-human tales of exuberant dreams, dark fears, grubby ambitions and the absurdities of chance. Encompassing both tragedy and humour, it brings immediacy and intimacy to a moment of deep historical transformation - with consequences which echo down to today.
By:   Charles Emmerson
Imprint:   Bodley Head
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   1.096kg
ISBN:   9781847923974
ISBN 10:   1847923976
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charles Emmerson has suffered from a life-long addiction to maps, geopolitics and the power of history to illuminate the future. Born in Australia, Charles grew up and was educated in London. After graduating top of his class from Oxford University in modern history, he was awarded an Entente Cordiale scholarship to study politics and law in Paris. Since then he has worked for a variety of international organisations focusing on global issues, including the International Crisis Group and, latterly, as Associate Director of the World Economic Forum and head of their Global Risks' team. He is the author of The Future History of the Arctic and 1913- The World Before the Great War. He now lives in London where he works as a writer and adviser on international affairs.

Reviews for Crucible: The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924

Ricochets the reader around the globe, providing a visceral sense of the power and pace of the whirlwind that in the wake the Great War birthed the world as we know it. The result is a kaleidoscopic portrait, brilliantly curated and elegantly executed, of a world on the cusp of modernity * Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence * A remarkable book... An amazingly audacious and completely innovative way of writing history ... immediate and gripping An ambitious, original, seductive and important work Brings this extraordinary time to life with great vividness by evoking key moments from the daily lives of a dazzling variety of people Emmerson skilfully tells the story of this lingering end to the Great War and Europe's subsequent and dramatic transformation * History of War *

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