[EPUB] ✵ 1914 By Niall Ferguson – Golanvideoagency.info


1914 An interesting primer for Ferguson s The Pity of War I love these little Penguin 70 s books, but I m not sure it works so well adapting from history texts I had the suspicion that I was supposed to already be familiar with many of the politicians mentioned I was forty pages in before I found out who Sir Edward Grey was, who appears on just about every page.Ferguson s thesis that the war was not an unavoidable natural catastrophe, but the result of specific decisions made by those in power, is compelling if rather obvious and his research looks sound from a non historian s pov He also posits that British intervention changed the intentions of the German offensive from a limited expansion to a much larger thirst for conquest Great Christmas reading. This is a 56 page, Penguin Pocket , extract of Ferguson s The Pity of War which centres on the events of the final few days prior to war in July 1914.As ever with Ferguson, he argues with such clarity and such ferocity, and with brilliant use of primary source material, that he arguments jump convincingly from the pages as obvious to the reader The argumentation is something that I share with IB students every year.AND YETas the world s leading proponent of counter factual considerations within History, Ferguson to me at least always does himself a disservice when examining that which did not happen His argument here is fine without the reliance of a central theme being counter factual discussions of the political pressures placed on Asquith s government by the Unionist and Conservative bloc led by Bonar Law.A useful detailed coverage of the final days before the First World War erupted for any serious IB Diploma Programme historian. A political snapshot of 1914 that was difficult to follow at times without in depth knowledge of WW1 history. Clear, brief, maybe suffers from name dropping too many people without context but that s hard to get right in such a deliberately short book. Well what do you know war is not inevitable and there are alternatives I may send a copy to Tony Blair for Christmas I would no be reading a 50 page why did the War happen if I knew all about the early 20th century empires of Europe I mistook this for an introductory read, and was thrown off by how much detail there was, and how little context This was condensed from a much larger books, but not edited much for a different audience. One Of Penguin S Bestselling Non Fiction Authors, Niall Ferguson Has Been Hailed As The Most Brilliant Historian Of His Generation For His Fresh, Provocative And Controversial Approach To Subjects Ranging From Money To Empires This Extract Has Been Specially Selected And Adapted From Ferguson S Bestselling The Pity Of War , A Radical Reassessment Of The First World War That Exploded Many Myths Surrounding The Conflict


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About the Author: Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former Laurence A Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and founder and managing director of advisory firm Greenmantle LLC The author of 15 books, Ferguson is writin