The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred (Allen Lane History) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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'Here is a work of originality and depth, history at its most challenging and controversial.' -- The Times, May 27, 2006
'This is one of the most intriguing attempts by an historian to
explain man's inhumanity to man'
The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? How did we do this to ourselves? "The War of the World" comes up with compelling, fascinating answers. It is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece.See all Product description
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Personally I do not see the point of quibbling about the dates of the 2nd World War or relating subsequent conflicts to it, and it seems to me that unprecedented levels of civilian deaths in the 20th Century have more to do with technology and communications than a recent debasement of human nature. But these are relatively minor points. Buy this book, read it and do not forget it!