Saturday 7 December 2019
Home      All news      Contact us     
.theguardian - 19 days ago

Crucible by Charles Emmerson review – seven years that shaped our world

This buoyant study of life after the great war illuminates the part that chance plays in historyHistorians, fixing their eyes on a rear-view mirror, sort the past into a procession of immutable events with inevitable outcomes. That suits the grandiose individuals they write about, who fancy that their activities are somehow predestined. “History will not forgive us,” said Lenin in 1917, “if we do not assume power now.”But did history forgive the would-be assassin whose bullet, fired at Lenin a year later, missed his carotid artery by three millimetres? And did it notice why no peace treaty with the Ottoman empire was concluded in 1922? Diplomacy failed on that occasion because Lord Curzon’s train left the Lausanne station five minutes before American go-betweens rushed along to announce that Ismet Pasha was willing to negotiate. Continue reading...


Latest News
Hashtags:   

Crucible

 | 

Charles

 | 

Emmerson

 | 

review

 | 

seven

 | 

years

 | 

shaped

 | 

world

 | 
Most Popular (6 hours)

Most Popular (24 hours)

Most Popular (a week)

Sources