War of the World : Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/30/2007
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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What precisely was the Second World War? Was it a triumph of good over evil-a modern morality play running from 1939 to 1945? Or was it something much more ambiguous and protracted? In this brilliant and vivid book, Niall Ferguson redefines World War II as the central act of a fifty-year struggle between rival empires-a colossal confrontation born of economic crisis, ethnic conflict and the inexorable decline of the West. Drawing on a pioneering combination of history, economics, and evolutionary theory, The War of the World is a revolutionary work of reinterpretation from a truly great historian. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of The House of Rothschild and Colossus.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
List of Mapsp. xvi
Introductionp. xxxiii
The Great Train Crash
Empires and Racesp. 3
Orient Expressp. 43
Fault Linesp. 72
The Contagion of Warp. 109
Graves of Nationsp. 141
The Planp. 189
Strange Folkp. 221
An Incidental Empirep. 277
Defending the Indefensiblep. 312
The Pity of Peacep. 345
Killing space
Blitzkriegp. 385
Through the Looking Glassp. 416
Killers and Collaboratorsp. 439
The Gates of Hellp. 466
A Tainted Triumph
The Osmosis of Warp. 505
Kaputtp. 553
Epilogue: The Descent of the Westp. 596
The War of the World in Historical Perspectivep. 647
Endnotesp. 655
Sources and Bibliographyp. 717
Acknowledgementsp. 765
Indexp. 769
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