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    A new book entitled "The War That Ended Peace" by Margaret MacMillan is an in depth look at what was going on in Europe in the years preceding WW I. It has come out at an appropriate time, since it has been 100 years since the assassination.

    Some highlights:

    There were a whole series of crises in the preceding period where Europe was on the verge of war, but at the end someone backed down. Dogger Bank 1904 (Russia vs. Great Britain - minor), Morocco 1905 (Germany vs. France), Bosnia annexation 1908 (Austria-Hungary vs. Russia), Morocco 1911 (Germany vs. France), Balkan wars 1912-13 (many players).

    In addition there continuing tension between Great Britain and Germany because Germany decided it needed a big navy and G. B. felt threatened.

    Serbian expansion dreams concerned Aust.-Hung. particularly after the Balkan wars. Russia at the time decided it was Serbia's protector.

    There is a lot more. Anyone interested in the subject should read it. One criticism - at times the author throws in too much detail.


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    I'll check it out. Even though I haven't liked any books that contain both "war" and "peace" in the title.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    A new book entitled "The War That Ended Peace" by Margaret MacMillan
    That's one of the worse titles for a book I've ever seen. It's so redundant that I just want to say"No kidding" every time I see it. Hard to believe a publisher agreed to it. It's also hard to believe peace existed prior to WWI unless the author is suggesting that anything other than war is peace. If the title is terrible then what should I expect from the book, especially one of history? In this case I wouldn't even pick it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    I'll check it out. Even though I haven't liked any books that contain both "war" and "peace" in the title.
    The point of the title is the fact that from 1815 to 1914 wars in Europe were of short duration and were never anywhere as devastating as those before and after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    The point of the title is the fact that from 1815 to 1914 wars in Europe were of short duration and were never anywhere as devastating as those before and after.
    What might be of interest is how in this period the railways were being developed in Europe. The railways began in England in 1825 and within a few decades had become a feature in most countries. Troops and weapons could quickly be despatched to the front line. So not only was it all to do with declining empires, economic crises, new ideologies, tinned food, but railway timetables were also a big factor. Where there were no railway lines they were soon constructed.
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