The beginning of the twentieth century saw human civilization at its most enlightened, well-educated, globalized and wealthy. Here he reexamines the history of the late nineteenth through about the mid 20th century and offers up some very insightful notions that are at once obvious and also terrible in their ramifications. The Allies had vastly superior material resources. The War of the World comes up with compelling, fascinating answers. Again, this is not to say I wasn't entertained.
The title of the book is no coincidence and points directly to H. What turned it into a bloodbath? It also tends to make the conflict seem a bit more bloodless. This is not to say that I totally disliked this section. The next time someone tries to say that old lie that more people have been killed in the name of Christ, correct them with the facts. A person at the median of Chinese urban income distribution went from being better off than 44% of world population in 1988 to 74% in 2011. Ottoman Empire was retreating from the Balkans.
The War of the Worldcomes up with compelling, fascinating answers. And once we start to ask that question, we move away from cheap and easy sniping at our intellectual opponents, and have to confront some dark and troubling aspects of human nature. Not even America is spared from being tagged with war crimes, as the carpet and fire bombings of civilian culminating in the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki show. He is best know Niall Ferguson is a British Scottish historian who specialises in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. And as mentioned above some points raised mostly to do with money, as always went over my head.
Until early July 1914, bond prices indicated decline in risk for investors, volatility was also low. I think this however lies more with my ability to grasp world economics than Ferguson's ability as a writer. There's definitely a lot of ideas here, and keen insight, but this is a book badly in need of some Ritalin. I mean, is there anyone anywhere who doesn't understand that the crushing debt of Versailles and the Great Depression created a fertile environment for Adolf Hitler? I needed something on World War Two recently and saw this and bought it, but it has a much broader interest than just that conflict. In 1942 the era of the Blitzkrieg was over.
Even with my familiarity with history, I feel that there was something to learn and contemplate on every page. While the Great Powers didn't fight any more direct wars they waged many proxy wars in the decades between 1950 and 1990. While modern technology helped make all these deaths possible, for the most part the atrocities of the twentieth century happened because modern man rejected God. Wherever one looked, the world in 1900 offered the happy prospect of ever-greater interconnection. It was frustrating going over the book again and again, in hope of finding evidence, only to be disappointed anew. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War.
Private messages I receive on creation including Christianity , evolution or design topics, I reserve the right to respond publicly via this blog, minus the senders' personal identifying information. Would public opinion really have allowed for it? The phenomena was much more widespread and the reason this was noted earlier is part being too close to the subject and part the enormity of the Holocaust. Ferguson shows how every nation involved in the war was also involved in some sort of crime that goes against the idealistic rules of war. This gives them something most histories of the 20th century do not have. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. It is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece. Technology was changing the world, making it easier for those of lesser-means to live easier lives.
You may or may not agree with some of his interpretations but he makes convincing arguments which make one want to research the topic in greater depth. These levels held until the last week of July. Typical Book written by and made for Establishment. Kaputt -- Epilogue : the descent of the West -- App. From The New YorkerFerguson's eight-hundred-page reevaluation of the Second World War presents itself as a grand theory about ethnic conflict, the end of empire, and the postwar triumph of the East.
And, he shows, it could happen all over again. It's definitely a book I hope to get to re-read and maybe even finish in the future. Ferguson says no - the crimes of the aggressor are of a different order to the indiscipline of the defenders. Because in 1979 in three cases, a major break from the past was achieved, whose consequences we still cope with today: i The economic reforms in China ii Thatcher's neo-liberal turn iii Khomeini's revolution in Iran The first had led to the greatest re-shuffle in hierarchy of incomes since the Industrial Revolution. In Ferguson's view, the war didn't cause racial genocide; rather, race caused the war. Ferguson is like a really smart guy who gets really, really drunk at one of my parties, and then starts talking about history.