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1914 This is a 56 page Penguin Pocket extract of Ferguson's The Pity of War which centres on the events of the final few days prior to war in July 1914As ever with Ferguson he argues with such clarity and such ferocity and with brilliant use of primary source material that he arguments jump convincingly from the pages as obvious to the reader The argumentation is something that I share with IB students every yearAND YETas the world's leading proponent of counter factual considerations within History Ferguson to me at least always does himself a disservice when examining that which did not happen His argument here is fine without the reliance of a central theme being counter factual discussions of the political pressures placed on Asuith's government by the Unionist and Conservative bloc led by Bonar LawA useful detailed coverage of the final days before the First World War erupted for any serious IB Diploma Programme historian A political snapshot of 1914 that was difficult to follow at times without in depth knowledge of WW1 history Clear brief maybe suffers from name dropping too many people without context but that’s hard to get right in such a deliberately short book Well what do you know; war is not inevitable and there are alternatives I may send a copy to Tony Blair for Christmas I would no be reading a 50 page why did the War happen? if I knew all about the early 20th century empires of Europe I mistook this for an introductory read and was thrown off by how much detail there was and how little context This was condensed from a much larger books but not edited much for a different audience An interesting primer for Ferguson's The Pity of War I love these little Penguin 70's books but I'm not sure it works so well adapting from history texts I had the suspicion that I was supposed to already be familiar with many of the politicians mentioned I was forty pages in before I found out who Sir Edward Grey was who appears on just about every pageFerguson's thesis that the war was not an unavoidable natural catastrophe but the result of specific decisions made by those in power is compelling if rather obvious and his research looks sound from a non historian's pov He also posits that British intervention changed the intentions of the German offensive from a limited expansion to a much larger thirst for conuest Great Christmas reading One of Penguin's bestselling non fiction authors Niall Ferguson has been hailed as the most brilliant historian of his generation for his fresh provocative and controversial approach to subjects ranging from money to empires This extract has been specially selected and adapted from Ferguson's bestselling The Pity of War 1998 a radical reassessment of the First World War that exploded many myths surrounding the conflict

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