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Frank Furedi
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10 Jan 2007
That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This book argues that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present. It claims that the disputes about lifestyles and identity the Culture Wars of today are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict. There are many influences that contributed to the outbreak of World War One. One significant influence was the cultural tension and unease that disposed significant numbers of artists, intellectuals and young people to regard the War as an opportunity give meaning to their existence. Later these tensions merged with social unrest and expressed themselves through the new ideologies of the Left and the Right. While these ideologies have become exhausted the conflicts of culture persist to this date. That is why there is Still No End In Sight for the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914. Modern wars did not only lead to the loss of millions of lives. Wars also played a significant role in changing attitudes towards the political ideals of modern time. The Great War called into question the future of liberal democracy. It led to the emergence of radical ideologies, which were in turn discredited through the experience of the Second World War and the Cold War. The current Culture Wars have significantly eroded the status of the values associated with modernity. Through exploring the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914 First World War- Still No End In Sight provides a framework for understanding the changing focus of political conflict from ideology to culture.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (10 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441125108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441125101
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 15.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Totally different from all the other books on the First World War I've read over the past few months, Frank Furedi's 'First World War: Still no End in Sight' considers the Great War and the conflicts it bred from a sociological perspective. Identifying WW1 as "a key moment of transition between the old and the new", the sheer magnitude and awfulness of the First World War had what Furedi describes as "a dissolvent effect upon conventional belief and behaviour" which led to "a loss of belief in the legitimacy of the institutions and ideals associated with the pre-war regimes". With the pre-1914 elites delegitimised, Furedi argues that an exhausted West completely lost confidence in its own beliefs and values and, worryingly, "the experience of the following century has shown that what was lost has been neither regained nor replaced".

Currently the emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent and a co-founder of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the 1970s, Furedi is also a frequent contributor to Brendan O'Neill's Spiked Online [formerly Living Marxism magazine] which provides some of the most provocative and incisive commentary on the state of modern society available on the web. While you may or may not agree with his politics, there's no doubting Furedi's command of his subject and this is one of the most thought-provoking books I've read on the First World War to date. In emphasising the remorseless sidelining of democracy and popular sovereignty which has been in motion since 1914 [and the subsequent drift towards ever more authoritarian government], Furedi's assessment seems pretty spot on to me.
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