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The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End

Robert Gerwarth
Format
Book
Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780374282455, 0374282455, 9780374710682 (ebook)
Summary
"A pathbreaking account of the continuing ethnic and state violence after the end of WWI--conflicts that more than anything else set the stage for WWII"--Provided by publisher.
"An epic, groundbreaking account of the ethnic and state violence that followed the end of World War I--conflicts that would shape the course of the twentieth century. For the Western allies, November 11, 1918 has always been a solemn date--the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a nightmarish series of conflicts would soon engulf country after country. In The Vanquished, a highly original and gripping work of history, Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War. In large part it was not the fighting on the Western Front that proved so ruinous to Europe's future, but the devastating aftermath, in which countries on both sides of the original conflict were savaged by revolutions, pogroms, mass expulsions, and further major military clashes. In the years immediately after the armistice, millions would die across central, eastern, and southeastern Europe before the Soviet Union and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states came into being. It was here, in the ruins of Europe, that extreme ideologies such as fascism would take shape and ultimately emerge triumphant. As absorbing in its drama as it is unsettling in its analysis, The Vanquished is destined to transform our understanding of not just the First World War but the twentieth century as a whole"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Part I: Defeat
  • 1. A Train Journey in Spring
  • 2. Russian Revolutions
  • 3. Brest-Litovsk
  • 4. The Taste of Victory
  • 5. Reversals of Fortune
  • Part II: Revolution and Counter-Revolution
  • 6. No End to War
  • 7. The Russian Civil Wars
  • 8. The Apparent Triumph of Democracy
  • 9. Radicalization
  • 10. Fear of Bolshevism and the Rise of Fascism
  • Part III: Imperial Collapse
  • 11. Pandora's Box : Paris and the Problem of Empire
  • 12. Reinventing East-Central Europe
  • 13. Vae Victis
  • 14. Fiume
  • 15. From Smyrna to Lausanne
  • Epilogue: The "Post-War" and Europe's Mid-Century Crisis.
Description
446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
  • "Originally published in 2016 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Pengin Books, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 356-418) and index.
Technical Details
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