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A World on Edge: The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The story of the aftermath of World War I, a transformative time when a new world seemed possible—told from the vantage of people, famous and ordinary, who lived through the turmoil

November 1918. The Great War has left Europe in ruins, but with the end of hostilities, a radical new start seems not only possible, but essential, even unavoidable. Unorthodox ideas light up th
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Picador (first published October 16th 2018)
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Diane S ☔
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
November 11, 1918, the war they call the great war, WWI has ended. Now a new world order must be pieced together. For many it is a time of joy, a new beginning, for others it is an ending yet to be thoroughly defined. Many empires have toppled, The Ottoman empire, Germany, Russia and The Austrian- Hungarian. Such a wide spread war this was.

In this well researched book the author uses a wide array of real people and their reactions during this year. There is an extensive bibliography included, f
Antônio Xerxenesky
"Na esteira do centenário do armistício, a editora Todavia publica 'A Era do Cometa: o Fim da Primeira Guerra e o Limiar de um Novo Mundo', do historiador alemão Daniel Schönpflug. À primeira vista, trata-se de mais um livro de história popular que concentra sua ação em um só ano a ser analisado. Entre os exemplos mais conhecidos no Brasil estão os livros de Laurentino Gomes. A proposta estética de Schönpflug, no entanto, radicaliza esta estrutura. As personagens principais do livro não são (nec ...more
Jonas VD
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geschiedenis
Lees de volledige recensie op Vreemder dan Fictie.

De ondertekening van de wapenstilstand In 1918 lijkt een eenduidig en helder historisch moment; een soort collectieve cesuur in de wereldgeschiedenis. Daniel Schönpflug, docent geschiedenis aan de Vrije Universiteit Berlijn, haalt dit plaatje vakkundig onderuit in zijn boek "1918: het jaar van de dageraad". Met grote zwier toont hij hoe het einde van de Grote Oorlog op sterk uiteenlopende manieren werd ervaren. Sommigen trokken toekomstdronken en
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Schönpflug beschrijft de laatste oorlogsdagen en de daaropvolgende periode van onzekerheid en chaos vanuit een multiperspectief. We lezen over de oorlog en zijn brede consequenties, over het Ierse, Indische, Arabische en Vietnamese onafhankelijkheidsstreven, over de strijd voor seksuele vrijheid. Schönpflugs bespiegelingen capteren meer dan de oorlogssfeer vooral op meesterlijke wijze een tijdsgeest. Komen voorbij in dit caleidoscopische titanenwerk: de onvermoeibare journaliste Louise We ...more
Kostia Konyaev
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Понравится тем, кто интересуется историей и культурой начала ХХ века.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A World on Edge – Such a Fantastic Book.

Sometimes, historians stop what they are doing and investigate something that people have overlooked, or not taken in to account. The brilliant German historian Daniel Schönpflug has written an excellent history, looking directly at 1918, as the end of war and the dawning of a new age. Personally, I think this book needs a wider audience, to a historian this book is just as important as AJP Taylor’s ‘Origins of the Second World War’.

This takes a more Europ
Closer to a work of literary nonfiction than a true historical account, Schönpflug's A World on Edge captures the frantic chaos of the world following the 1918 armistice and Paris peace agreement a year later. It explores the reality of the war's end through brief biographies of the noted and the noteworthy, including the likes of Käthe Kollwitz, Moina Michael, Nguyễn Sinh Cung better known as Ho Chi Minh), Wilhelm von Preussen Daniel Schönpflug, Harry Truman, Virginia Woolf, Alvin York, and oth ...more
Mikhail Novoselov
Don't get me wrong - this is a fine book, but the bar for this genre (patchwork-of-biographies-on-%yearname) is set too high by 1913 - Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts.
Additionally, I didn't really feel any interplay between the stories, and the amount of sources used by Schonpflug was rather scant.
Geoff Habiger
World War 1 has often been considered one of the fundamental turning points in the 20th Century, and a lot has been written about the war and the events that led to armies fighting across Europe. Not as many books though have been written about the aftermath of the war, or have taken such a broad look at how the aftereffects of the war resonated throughout the years, influencing people, politics, and policies many decades later. Daniel Schönpflug tackles this period, from 1918 to around 1920 in ...more
Jim Razinha
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an uncorrected proof review copy of this from the publisher through LibraryThing Originally published in German in 2017, the American English edition was published in October 2018.

The back cover says that this is the "story of the aftermath of World War I..." And "[w]ith novelistic virtuosity" Schönpflug describes that aftermath. This is a story. It reads often like some of the true crime genre...creative nonfiction...Schönpflug obviously has to embellish the narrative to create the f
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics, war, art, culture
Publishers Weekly Review
[this review is OK but doesn't capture the vast range of characters covered]
In this engrossing account, German historian Schonpflug examines the last days and aftermath of WWI from a cultural and social perspective, primarily by following the lives and careers of military heroes, future world leaders, artists, and more. They all cope with postwar life in different ways. Harry Truman retired from the military to open a haberdashery whose eventual failure spurred him to the
Hasso von Moltke
Mr. Schonpflug has crafted a nice little work, mainly relying on primary sources, on the fallout of the First World War. The reader is introduced to a large cast of characters, from well known names like Harry Truman and Virginia Woolf, to minor figures like a German Sailor and a French Journalist. It is an intriguing array of hopes and nightmares that arose after the end of the war, and a wide variety of viewpoints.

The book only has a few issues, the biggest of which is its episodic nature. It
Ekaterina Okuneva
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Определенно не 1913, меньше людей, больше истории, сюжетные линии разрозненные, герои не взаимосвязаны. Нет этой магии, когда у Рильке заболел живот в тот день, когда Пикассо начал "Женщину в сорочке", а Ленин не мог найти второй носок, поэтому вышел из дома на 10 минут позже и чуть не попал под лошадь.
И еще непонятно, почему героями стали Рихард Штумпф, Марина Юрлова, Махатма Ганди (где та Индия, из книги складывается впечатление, что всем вообще наплевать, хотя это, мягко говоря, не так) Альм
Если Иллиес в своей книге «1913. Лето целого века» сосредоточен на событиях культурной жизни одного года в Берлине и особенно в Вене, то работа Шёнпфлуга пытается объять политические процессы во всем мире - от Сирии, Вьетнама и Индии до Ирландии, США и России в период 1918-1920 гг. Из-за величия замысла и объема материала повествование становится рваным и довольно поверхностным. По большому счету, это рассказ об истоках борьбы за самые разнообразные права, от национальной независимости до права ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
absorbing take on impact of WW One on arts/nations via the stories of individuals. Some I knew a lot about (Harry Truman) and some I had never heard of but should have (Louise Weiss). People as diverse as Virginia Wolff and Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia. I especially was grateful for the stories of the Henry Johnson and the Harlem Hellfighters, and the musician James Reese Europe (whose compositions I had recently been introduced to). I recommend this book to those interested in 20th century h ...more
Birgitte Bach
Den enkelte persons historie nåede aldrig at bide sig fast, fordi der blev sprunget så hurtigt rundt imellem dem. Jeg måtte flere gange læse det samme afsnit igen, for at kunne huske hvem personen nu var eller sågar bladre tilbage for at få genopfrisket, hvor historien nu var henne.

Det kan være, det ville give mere mening, hvis jeg havde set den planlagte tv-udsendelse? Men for mig var det et stort rod og der var intet der sad fast i hukommelsen. Måden historien er fortalt på fungerede heller ik
Richard Falkenrath
Terrific, end of WW1 through the eyes of extraordinary people

A very readable translation from the original German

One hundred years after the end of the First World War, this book brings those epochal events to life through the eyes of about two dozen fascinating characters ... Sgt York, TE Lawrence, Gandhi, Virginia Woolf, and many many others.

Anyone interested in this period — strongly recommend this book.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Interesting approach to telling the history of the end of WWI and its impacts. The stories from many counties and spheres of experience are well known - even famous, but it was fascinating to see how they evolved, juxtaposed against each other. Would have been better with more illustrations, and if the illustrations were in color.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because of the many characters this book follows and the way they are presented, the stories are a bit shattered. And therefore you risk losing interest or attention. But nonetheless - very much worth your time.
Mariya  Bahareva
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Куда удачнее издававшегося в этой же серии Иллиеса.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cet émouvant récit très romanesque dessine en filigrane une Histoire en train de se faire, sans certitude ni vérité définitive.
Stephen Bauer
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I loved the structure and content.
Un récit romanesque et poignant.
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