Description - Thirteen Days by Clive Ponting
The First World War destroyed the old Europe. Nearly nine million soldiers were killed and twenty-one million wounded; over ten million civilians died. By the end of the war, three great European empires - Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia - had disintergrated. Why did the War happen? In 1914, the states of Europe had been at peace for forty years, and every diplomatic dispute had been resolved peacefully. "Thirteen Days" describes failures of cimmunication, fateful decisions and escalating military moves; it is an extraordinary narrative of personalities and diplomacy in the dying weeks of an era in which telephone networks were in their infancy and governments relied on telegrams in code and face-to-face meetings of ambassadors.
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(233mm x 153mm x 27mm)
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Author Biography - Clive Ponting
Clive Ponting is a Reader in Politics at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has written numerous books including the world-wide bestseller A Green History of the World, a highly controversial revisionist biography of Winston Churchill and Armageddon- The Second World War. His most recent publications are The Pimlico History of the Twentieth Century and World History- A New Perspective, also available in Pimlico paperback. He is working on a new book about the Crimean War.