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Starred Review. WWI remains the quintessential war-unequaled in concentrated slaughter, patriotic fervor during the fighting, and bitter disillusion afterward, writes Hochschild. Many opposed it and historians mention this in passing, but Hochschild, winner of an L.A. Times Book Award for Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, has written an original, engrossing account that gives the war's opponents (largely English) prominent place. These mostly admirable activists include some veteran social reformers like the formidable Pankhursts, who led violent prosuffrage demonstrations from 1898 until 1914, and two members of which enthusiastically supported the war while one, Sylvia, opposed it, causing a permanent, bitter split. Sylvia worked with, and was probably the lover of, Keir Hardie, a Scotsman who rose from poverty to found the British Labor party. Except for Bertrand Russell, famous opponents are scarce because most supported the war. Hochschild vividly evokes the jingoism of even such leading men of letters as Kipling, Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and John Galsworthy. By contrast, Hochschild paints equally vivid, painful portraits of now obscure civilians and soldiers who waged a bitter, often heroic, and, Hochschild admits, unsuccessful antiwar struggle. (May)
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ISBN-10:  9780618758289
ISBN-13:  978-0618758289
Author:  Adam Hochschild
Genre:  History
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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   Sir Alfred Milner, whose British leadership played a part in the Boer War to close the 19th century and then the Great War to start the 20th century litany of horrors, coined the phrase I used as my title for this review to describe the Versailles treaty of 1919.  A play on Woodrow Wilson's claim that the war just ended was to end all wars, Milner's bon mot would prove the more prescient.        Hochschild's history of the well0-documented Great …
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