The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century


Winner of the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the simplest paintings of heritage. "If you just learn one e-book concerning the First international warfare during this anniversary yr, learn The lengthy Shadow. David Reynolds writes fantastically and his research is compelling and original." ―Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

the most violent conflicts within the heritage of civilization, international battle I has been surprisingly forgotten in American tradition. It has turn into a ghostly warfare fought in a haze of reminiscence, frequently noticeable in basic terms as a far off preamble to global conflict II. In The lengthy Shadow significantly acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to expand our imaginative and prescient through assessing the influence of the nice warfare around the 20th century. He exhibits how occasions in that turbulent century―particularly international warfare II, the chilly conflict, and the cave in of Communism―shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914–18.

By exploring giant topics reminiscent of democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, in addition to paintings and poetry, The lengthy Shadow is stunningly large in its ancient point of view. Reynolds throws gentle at the gigantic expanse of the final century and explains why 1914–18 is a clash that the United States continues to be suffering to realize. Forging connections among humans, locations, and concepts, The lengthy Shadow ventures around the conventional subcultures of ancient scholarship to supply a wealthy and layered exam not just of politics, international relations, and protection but in addition of economics, paintings, and literature. the result's a magisterial reinterpretation of where of the nice struggle in sleek history.

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