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on 25 September 2007
If you are looking at diplomacy, international history or International Relations, this is an excellent history of the "Twenty Years' Crisis" and so on. It reads like a novel in parts and is just as difficult to put down as War & Peace once you get carried by the tide of humanity that has gone into this story.
Whilst it is is true that this is first and foremost a history of ruling-class diplomacy, it is nevertheless a very good one, and other factors are not ignored, the Bolsheviks, the Turks and the insurgencies in Europe.
Detailed narrative and cogent analysis of the all that happened in Paris in 1919 and all that came out of it, with the aftermath of the peace process and the difficulty of avoiding war for twenty years. Excellent!
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This is a book which should be essential reading for those who are student of the interwar years. The detail is there as well as the analysis as the author takes us through the history of this period. This is a well-trodden path but Steiner treats the subject-matter with a freshness and an enthusiasm which shows through time and time again. I would recommend this book to both students of the period and to the general reader who wants to gain understanding of the 'roaring twenties' in all its mundane glory.
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on 9 August 2013
All politicians ,particularly in Europe should read it and learn from previous mistakes that they are now again creating!
History repeats itself,but can be avoided
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