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The War that Ended Peace

Written by: Margaret MacMillan
Narrated by: Richard Burnip
Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
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The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, and ending with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and - just as important - the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.

Margaret Macmillan is an acclaimed historian and has won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for Peacemakers: The Paris Conference of 1919. She is the author of numerous books, and she is the warden of St Anthony's College, Oxford.

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What the critics say

“Margaret MacMillan is that wonderful combination – An Academic and scholar who writes well, with a marvelous clarity of thought. Her pen portraits of the chief players are both enjoyable and illuminating. Among the cascade of books arriving for the anniversary, this work stands out.” ( The Times)
“MacMillan is a perceptive guide to the thought processes of the key players”. ( The Mail on Sunday)
“MacMillan provides some beautifully nuanced pen-portraits of the leading players in the story, and much compelling evidence to point the finger of blame. It is hard not to agree.” ( Evening Standard)

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Makes You Pray for the War to Begin

Endless narrative. Seemingly thousands of forgettable characters and incidents. I just could not stay focused.

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Intriguing

Fascinating learning the behind the scenes, of the cast of characters. I was kept enthralled.

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exceptional history

A well researched and thought provoking history, if only they had the benefit of hindsight.