Gary Maunder's Reviews > The Proud Tower : A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914

The Proud Tower  by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Dec 26, 11


If you think the war on terror is anew phenomenon, read this study of pre-world war one culture and politics. Tuchman stops at the outbreak of the war because her purpose is to bring to life the era which lead up it - what forces contributed to it and what represented the end of once era and the begonning of a new one. Anarchism, socialism, syndicalism and the rise of trade unions are all placed against the background of an enormously wealthy aristocracy whose ethics of service in public administration were gradually being replaced
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