The Vanuished Why the First World War Failed to End 1917

The Vanuished Why the First World War Failed to End 1917 1923 A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2016An epic groundbreaking account of the ethnic and state violence that followed the end of World War I conflicts that would shape the course of the twentieth centuryFor the Western Allies November 11 1918 has always been a solemn date the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation but also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies the German Empire Austria Hungary and the Ottoman Empire But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning as a continuing nightmarish series of conflicts engulfed country after countryIn The Vanuished a highly original and gripping work of history Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War In large part it was not the fighting on the Western Front that proved so ruinous to Europe's future but the devastating aftermath as countries on both sides of the original conflict were savaged by revolutions pogroms mass expulsions and further major military clashes In the years immediately after the armistice millions would die across central eastern and southeastern Europe before the Soviet Union and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states would come into being It was here in the ruins of Europe that extreme ideologies such as fascism would take shape and ultimately emerge triumphantAs absorbing in its drama as it is unsettling in its analysis The Vanuished is destined to transform our understanding of not just the First World War but the twentieth century as a whole

10 thoughts on “The Vanuished Why the First World War Failed to End 1917 1923

  1. says:

    Having finished this exceptional book I now realise that my rather lazy and Anglo centric view of the period following WW1 as a relatively peaceful era was completely wide of the mark Robert Gerwarth brilliantly describes how for many countries and regions the Armistice on 11 November 1918 was

  2. says:

    Page 169 my book Joseph P Roth “Nationalism is the new religion”This book demonstrates convincingly how November 111918 was not the end of war – particularly in Germany and Eastern and Central Europe And the nature of war changed – it became ethnic based With the dissolution of the Aus

  3. says:

    The war to end all wars as the Great War later the First World WarWorld War One was contemporarily described and indeed thought of; but as we know today with civil wars Spain and imperial uests Abyssinia Second Sino Japanese war in the 1930s the Second World War the Middle East the Korean War th

  4. says:

    This book is way too short to contain the vast and furious events it tries to explain In 1917 18 four empires collapsed German Russian Habsburg Ottoman and dozens of new countries were born or imposed from above; the Bolshevik revolution in Russia drove everyone completely crazy with the notion t

  5. says:

    Covering much of the same ground as Watt's The Kings Depart Gerwarth looks at WWI and its aftermath as a case of the war weakening the containment and direction states had used on simmering violent tendencies by sending their young men into uniform playing groups off against one another uniting th

  6. says:

    A fascinating book that explores how the strife experienced by the defeated and other combatant nations of world war one seeded the expansively genocidal second war The opening chapter which begins with the expulsion of Greeks from Smyrna in 1923 and the uite horrific murder of the Orthodox archbi

  7. says:

    interesting take on the defeated nations of WW1 Russia Germany Austria and Hungary Turkey Bulgaria but uneven as it is of a short summary than a detailed analysis and the book has probably 13 of the number of pages in references the actual text is about 200 pages or soAbsorbing most of the time but

  8. says:

    The book is a historical masterpiece covers the history just after the end of the First Great War detailing all the travails of the new republics and nations which came into existence after the demise of the great Landed empires Romonovs German Riche Habsburg and the Ottomans of the 19th century The

  9. says:

    Highly enjoyable readRobert Gerwath presents an engaging in depth account of the violence that followed the Armistice of 1918 The author traces the aftermath of WWI in the territories of the four broken empires as well as in Greece and Italy The post war conflicts had been often dismissed by contempor

  10. says:

    This thoroughly researched book covers the time between the end of WWI and 1923 ish This time period is often overlooked so it is a great addition to the research I highly recommend

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