The Vanquished

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For the Western allies 11th November 1918 has always been a solemn date – the end of fighting which 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 country. In this highly original and gripping book 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 which proved so ruinous to Europe’s future, but the devastating aftermath, as countries on both sides of the original conflict were wrecked by revolution, pogroms, mass expulsions and further major military clashes.

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‘A breathtaking, magisterial panorama, telling the epic story of post-war anarchy, dying empires and rising nation states. It makes us rethink our understanding of Europe’s twentieth century’ David Motadel, The Times Literary Supplement

For the Western allies 11 November 1918 has always been a solemn date – the end of fighting which had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of their 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 country. In this highly original, gripping book Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War.

‘Lucid, incisive and packed with fascinating details’ Financial Times, Books of the Year

‘Important and timely … obliges us to reconsider a period and a battlefront that has too often been neglected’ Margaret MacMillan, The New York Times Review of Books

‘This narrative of continent-wide chaos performs a valuable service by chronicling the postwar turmoil of Europe … helps us understand why few wars reach tidy conclusions’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times

‘Reminds us, in vivid and often shocking detail, that only some countries saw killing end on the 11th day of the 11th month … leaves a sense of foreboding for our own time’ Robert Tombs, The Times

Additional information

Weight 0.343 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

446 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

940.3 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K