Friday, November 8, 2013

1914 and the First World War

In the coming year there will be many books published about the first World War. In many ways I think people think they have forgotten that war; however, in many ways I think people don't realize how much they have not forgotten that war since it shaped so many aspects of international relations today. One new book I'm anxious to get ahold of is Margaret MacMillan's The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914. The title reminds me of Barbara Tuchman's Pulitzer Prize-Winner, The Guns of August.

The Brookings Institute, which has been doing a really neat essay series, will feature an interactive essay in December by Margaret MacMillan. Here is an interesting discussion with her regarding the early 1900s and how that period shaped today's international politics.

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