The Proud Tower
A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914
By (author) Barbara W. Tuchman
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Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
Book Description"The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it."--Barbara W. TuchmanThe fateful quarter-century leading up to the World War I was a time when the world of Privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of Protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman bings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted Hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaurè s was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended."Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."--The New York Times"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August thatshe could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord."--Time
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780345405012
(216mm x 146mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Barbara W. Tuchman
Barbara W. Tuchman (1912 1989) achieved prominence as a historian with "The Zimmermann Telegram "and international fame with "The Guns of August" a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include "Bible and Sword, The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China "(for which Tuchman was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize), "Notes from China, A Distant Mirror, Practicing History, The March of Folly, "and "The First Salute.""
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