1913 : in search of the world before the Great War

1913 : in search of the world before the Great War

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"Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspective narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features... In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this "prelude to war" narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe`s capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open."--Book jacket. Read more...

Table of contents


Content: Introduction --
I. Centre of the universe : London: world city ; Paris: the eternal, the universal ; Berlin: powerhouse ; Rome: the Pope`s aeroplane ; Vienna: shadows and light ; St. Petersburg : eastern colossus --
II. The old new world : Washington, DC: republic, nation, empire ; New York: metropolis ; Detroit: a model future ; Los Angeles: Boom! ; Mexico City: Monroe`s bequest --
III. The world beyond : Winnipeg-Melbourne: Britain abroad ; Buenos Aires: southern star ; Algiers: the radiance of the republic ; Bombay-Durban: tapestry of empire ; Tehran: under foreign eyes ; Jerusalem: Zion and its discontents --
IV. Twilight powers : Constantinople: tides of history ; Peking-Shanghai: walking slumber ; Tokyo: rising sun ; London: beyond the horizon --
Epilogue: The afterlife of 1913.
Abstract: "Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspective narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features... In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this "prelude to war" narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe`s capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open."--Book jacket

Details

  • Author: Charles Emmerson
  • Edition: 1st ed
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN-10: 1610392566, 1610392574
  • ISBN-13: 9781610392563, 9781610392570
  • Pages: 597
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 5.7M
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