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How Wars End

How Wars End [Kindle Edition]

A J P Taylor
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What, besides martial glory and the loss of countless lives, brings a war to an end?

When can a war legitimately be said to be over?

And can such things as the wholesale redrawing of frontiers ever create a lasting peace?

Napoleon was defeated because his marshals were keener on their country estates than on fighting. World War I dragged on so long because neither side had stated what it was fighting for. And World War II, which started to finish in 1940, might arguably been over until 1958, when peace with Germany was finally declared.

In this brilliant polemical essay, the historian AJP Taylor argues that the end of wars can be just as complex as their origins - and just as important for historians to understand.

He shows how accidents, freak judgments, personal ambitions and, in Europe, the consistent problem of Poland, can prepare the ground for future conflict even as they provide a return to normality and peace.

‘How Wars End’ provides a fascinating over-view of the resolution of the great conflicts of the past. It is required reading for any one interested in war, military studies or diplomacy.

Praise for AJP Taylor:

`The most readable, sceptical and original of modern historians' — Michael Foot

'Anything Mr Taylor writes is worth reading ... he is our greatest popular historian since Macaulay' - The Spectator

'His informal, pithy style makes the book compelling - even exciting - reading' The Irish Times

A.J.P. Taylor (1906-90) was one of the most controversial historians of the twentieth century. He served as a lecturer at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford, and London. Taylor was significant both for the controversy his work on Germany and the Second World War engendered and for his role in the development of history on television. His books include 'War By Timetable', ‘How Wars Begin’ and ‘The War Lords’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (25 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JY9HVR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars AJP Taylor does it again 14 Sep 2009
This is not an academic review.
AJP Taylor was always looked down on by his fellow historians. The more he appeared on television, the more he was squinted at.

As a television presenter, he had a remarkable presence and seemed to lecture without notes. Usually he was presented as a 'talking head' and managed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

This means that transcripts or writings of his are 1) not easily available. [any historian worth his salt will say, "don't read Taylor on that, read well me instead...."] and 2) in demand by those who remember his appearances.

This is a book which he introduced on the lines of 'everyone knows how wars begin, but how wars end is not much studied'

Chief sections are 1815 and 1918. Big section on the loss of Napoleons Grand Armee 1812

Excellent book. Exactly what I wanted. This book does what it said on the cover: tells you about how wars end
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 July 2013
Having read some other books of A.J.P. Taylor I had much higher expectations of this book. I found it rather superficial and dumbed-down. I had expected from a man of Taylor's erudution a more profound and elaborated work. Maybe because it is a Channel Four book he couldn't make much more of this subject. Of course I learned some new information so the purchase wasn't a total waste after all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too concise? 6 Jun 2014
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I haven't finished this slim volume yet, but was really surprised at the style: very short sentences and almost chatty. Maybe it was designed for a student audience. I was expecting some more analysis and philosophical debate on the subject, rather than just a mass of detail with a very 'cut and dried' feel about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AJPTaylor as usual 23 April 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. AJPTaylor is always good. Says it how it is and doesn't waffle. I was really pleased to find it as I have lots of his and could never find this one. Will deal with this seller again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's never a simple explanation 21 Aug 2014
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Very good and readable, as always with AJPT
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