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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    This is a Great Book

    Gee Barbara Tuchman is a great writer? So what else is new? She and people like Robert K. Massie have one thing in common: the wonderful writing talent and the outstanding command of written English. This book's descriptions of course are extremely accurate and well researched. Again Barbara Tuchman knew how to do this? So what else is new? I loved the chapter on Patricians. I loved the description of the British aristocracy and its sybaritic pleasures of the fin de siecle era. This class of people built an Empire, presided over it and even in their Spenglerian decline their sense of duty is admirable. They even managed to bow out of history's main stage gracefully and with class. Loved the descriptions of the Wilhelmine Germany,as well as the foolish Russian monarchic system sitting on a relatively small powder keg of intellectual revolutionaries and never even beginning to think that the mass of uneducated, illiterate peasants would just sit and watch the system go to its ruin. As usual for this author outstanding!! Too bad she died! (But then so did Cecily Wedgewood-remember her writings?)

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Provided a great understanding of the era

    This book provides an excellent review of some of the major societal and thought processes in the period leading towards WW I. The discussion of how large the global anarchy movement was is very interesting. Her discussion of German nationalism and percieved superiority shows that it didnt just spring up just before WW II. If you are a Downton Abbey fan you will much enjoy the discussion of British aristocracy (and how Germany was jealous of British culture).

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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