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eBook The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War ePub
Author: Peter Graves,Peter Englund
Language: English
ISBN: 030759386X
ISBN13: 978-0307593863
Publisher: Knopf; 1st Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
Pages: 560
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 414
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ePub file: 1266 kb
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The Great War: four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses. There are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach.

The Great War: four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty. Two of these twenty will perish, two will become prisoners of war, two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks

Peter Englund, a Swedish academic historian and former war reporter, has created a sort of collective diary in which the .

Peter Englund, a Swedish academic historian and former war reporter, has created a sort of collective diary in which the unknown (or now largely forgotten) lives intertwine minutely and often poignantly. For Laura de Turczynowicz, the American-born wife of a Polish aristocrat, the war is less an event to be followed than a condition to be endured.

Peter Englund is one of the finest writers of our time on the tactics, the killing and the psychology of war. In The Beauty and the Sorrow he superbly and humanely brings to life all the tragedy, chaos, death and gunsmoke of battle. Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin and Young Stalin Powerful and compelling. Of the many books about the First World War this is among the most strikingly original. Almost every page of Englund’s book is fresh and revelatory. Daily Express (UK) A literary as well as a historical achievement. The Guardian (UK) These lives are anything but.

There are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund . Despite following a number of soldiers, The Beauty and the Sorrow is an unusual World War I book in that battles are the last thing on its mind.

There are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he Four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses showing not just what the First World War was, but what it was like to live through. They are few are far between and described only fleetingly by the participants. This is only an observation, not a critique.

In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man an. .

In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman-not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty. In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman-not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty.

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An intimate narrative history of World War I told through the stories of twenty men and women from around the globe-a .

An intimate narrative history of World War I told through the stories of twenty men and women from around the globe-a powerful, illuminating, heart-rending picture of what the war was really like. Composed in short chapters that move between the home front and the front lines, The Beauty and Sorrow brings to life these twenty particular people and lets them speak for all who were shaped in some way by the War, but whose voices have remained unheard.

Peter Englund received a P. in history at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He has been given a number of literary prizes in his home country, including the most famous one, the August. In 2002, he was elected to the Swedish Academy (who awards the Nobel Prize in Literature), and in 2008 was appointed its new Permanent Secretary. He has also worked as a war correspondent, in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Библиографические данные. The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War. Автор. Перевод: Peter Graves. Издание: иллюстрированное.

In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I. The twenty people from whose journals and letters Englund draws are from Belgium, Denmark, and France; Great Britain, Germany, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Italy, Australia, and New Zealand; Russia, Venezuela, and the United States

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In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman—not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty.   The twenty people from whose journals and letters Englund draws are from Belgium, Denmark, and France; Great Britain, Germany, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Italy, Australia, and New Zealand; Russia, Venezuela, and the United States. There is a young man in the British army infantry who had been considering emigrating until the war offered him its “grand promise of change” and a middle-aged French civil servant, a socialist and writer whose “faith simply crumbled” at the outbreak of war. There is a twelve-year-old German girl thrilled with the news of the army’s victories because it means that she and her classmates are allowed to shout and scream at school. There is an American woman married to a Polish aristocrat, living a life of quiet luxury when the war begins but who will be moved, ultimately, to declare: Looking Death in the eyes, one loses the fear of Him. From field surgeon to nurse to fighter pilot, some are on the Western Front, others in the Balkans, East Africa, Mesopotamia. Two will die, one will never hear a shot fired; some will become prisoners of war, others will be celebrated as heroes. But despite their various war-time occupations and fates, genders and nationalities, they will be united by their involvement—witting or otherwise—in The Great, and terrible, War.   A brilliant mosaic of perspectives that moves between the home front and the front lines, The Beauty and the Sorrow reconstructs the feelings, impressions, experiences, and shifting spirits of these twenty particular people, allowing them to speak not only for themselves but also for all those who were in some way shaped by the war, but whose voices have been forgotten, rejected, or simply remained unheard.
Whitesmasher
This is a remarkable history of WWI and a must-read for anyone interested in that period. Instead of history from a macro perspective, the book focuses on 20 individuals, both men and women, across the class spectrum, and relates their experiences of what it was like to have lived through the first world conflict. The book is well written and reads almost like a novel. I, for one, could not put it down.

What I liked most is that the book gave me a deeper understanding of the forces (emotional rather than political) that pushed the citizens of the warring countries into war and how their belief (or lack thereof) in armed conflict changed over time. Naturally, propaganda (for fake news) played a critical part but so did government censorship of the news and the prohibition of any discussion that could be considered "defeatism". It also teaches a frightening lesson about institutional momentum, the urge to continue on a destructive path even when one knows prudence would demand cessation of conflict. The lives of the 20 individuals described in the book cover all of the major theaters of conflict (the Western Front, the Eastern Front, the Balkans, Middle East, and Africa).
Maldarbaq
This is a compelling book. One feels part of what happens to each person. You feel their sorrows - much too much sorrow. You share their occasional taste of beauty and happiness. As you get to know each person better through the author's words and use of the present tense, you develop a "relationship" with them. When they die (and some do) and when they are wounded, injured, or ill (and many are), and when they are helpless, trapped, prisoners - physically or in the horror the Great War - the War to End All Wars - you share their emotions and pain. It is painful to read in places, exciting in others. The author has created, in my opinion, a masterpiece. And when you see who has the "last word" in the book, you truly understand the ironic futility of the First World War.
Foginn
If you're interested in WWI era history and want to hear it from those who lived it, read Englund's book. It will break your heart, show you how WWII was shaping as the next war, and reveal a lot about major social, cultural, and ethnic changes in the first quarter of the 20th century. Englund stays out of it and instead has carefully chosen "real people" who not only represent the trauma of the war, but also an awakening to new realities that would change life forever. You can feel not only the deprivation and circumstance of each life, but the grim necessity of facing things and trying to stay alive. Riveting.
Pedar
A book I'm sure to read again sometime in the future. Beautiful, sensitive, and emotional. Peter Englund brings the reader right to the hearts and feelings of a small group of people involved in the war from many aspects and corners of life. Very little appears to be hidden with honest frankness toward the pain and suffering of many. Be prepared to read some of the horrors of WWI along with the caring and selflessness of those in battle.
ZloyGenii
Probably the best narrative I've read about WW1. Personal narratives in various theaters. Particularly interesting is the role of several exceptional women and a 12 year old girl. Most WW1 fans consider the Western Front the key theater. This book incorporates Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Eastern Africa as areas of involvement. This book doesn't provide much in terms of strategic studies and tactical activities. In stead it offers human experiences across the various theaters and allows the reader larger insight into "The War to end All Wars".
Mr.Bean
"The nature of war is uncertainty, the unknowable is its medium."
Gralmeena
The first time I read this, it was on a recommendation from a trusted friend. I enjoyed it and would have given it maybe 4 stars. I was a bit lost without maps and a basic knowledge of WW1 but I could still enjoy it and felt it was an important book. It moved me to read A World Undone, which I devoured and highly recommend. Then I went back and reread The Beauty and the Sorrow, this time knowing where these places and people fit in to the history. Then it became much more real, a really remarkable, memorable book.
It's a great book from a unique perspective, compiled from the diaries, thoughts, letters, family histories of people from many countries who participated in WWI as nurses, soldiers, cooks, drivers,etc. What struck me was how young most of them were. Englund has done a fantastic job of pulling together many and varied sources to provide us a really interesting read.
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