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The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War

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As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, historian Margaret MacMillan compares current global tensions—rising nationalism, globalization's economic pressures, sectarian strife, and the United States' fading role as the world's pre-eminent superpower—to the period preceding the Great War. In illuminating the years before 1914, MacMillan shows the many parallels b

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Kindle Edition, 24 pages
Published December 18th 2013 by Brookings Institution Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Bob Buice
Oct 09, 2016 Bob Buice rated it really liked it
Concise and to the point. Margaret MacMillan points a numbers of similarities of the period leading up to WWI and today. However, She omits the alliances that essentially led to the war. Interesting read.
TheF7Pawn
Jan 08, 2014 TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok
Partisan and superficial. Ms. MacMillan actually contrives to compare allegedly obtuse WWI generals with her contemporaries who refuse to believe in global warming despite, as she puts it, overwhelming scientific evidence. Later she gushes over dashing JFK's ability to avoid nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis because, she says, he read Tuchman's "The Guns of August," which in itself is perhaps the ne plus ultra example of superficial historiography. That myth began crumbling in the ...more
Joan MacLennan Mahon
Jan 08, 2014 Joan MacLennan Mahon rated it it was ok
Engossing content but poorly edited complete with repetive comparisons (Didn't I just read that? Yes!) At first happy to see this as a good lead in to MacMillan's "Paris 1919." Now ready half-way through toslide over the issue. So though presenting an interesting premise, the poor editing and disorganization is too distracting.
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Margaret Olwen MacMillan OC D.Phil. (born 1943) is a historian and professor at Oxford University where she is Warden of St. Antony's College. She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. A well-respected expert on history and current affairs, MacMillan is a frequent commentator in the media.

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