[Reading] ➸ 1914: Why the World Went to War By Niall Ferguson – Snackgo.co.uk

1914: Why the World Went to War 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


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 writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which Kissinger, 1923 1968 The Idealist was published in 2015 to critical acclaim The World s Banker The History of the House of Rothschild won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History Other titles include Civilization The West and the Rest, The Great Degeneration How Institutions Decay and Economies Die and High Financier The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg Ferguson s six part PBS television series, The Ascent of Money A Financial History of the World, based on his best seller, won an International Emmy for best documentary in 2009 Civilization was also made into a documentary series Ferguson is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service as well as other honors His most recent book is The Square and the Tower Networks on Power from the Freemasons to Facebook 2018 Source



10 thoughts on “1914: Why the World Went to War

  1. says:

    Ferguson supplies a succinct and clear discussion explaining how the First World War came about In this version of his work the focus falls predominantly on the reasons and motivations behind Germany s and Britain s approach to the possibility of war and the eventual practicalities, as well as the diplomatic fall out As fascinating as it is his clear writing, citing and interpreting a variety of sources and investigating aspects he asserts oth


  2. says:

    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 sp


  3. says:

    A political snapshot of 1914 that was difficult to follow at times without in depth knowledge of WW1 history.


  4. says:

    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.


  5. says:

    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 factu


  6. says:

    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.


  7. says:

    Well what do you know war is not inevitable and there are alternatives I may send a copy to Tony Blair for Christmas


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