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"1918 is traditional history carried forward by a dramatic narrative." -Financial Times
In 1918, renowned historian Gregor Dallas traces the transition from war to peace across Europe from the perspective of five capitals: Berlin, Paris, Washington, London, and Moscow. In Berlin, the cabarets and beer halls are open, while there is shooting in the streets. In Paris, the peacemakers have assembled to draft the Treaty of Versailles and create the League of Nations. Washington is divided between those who want to open America to the world and those who would prefer the world to go away. A new theater season opens in London, where David Lloyd George holds new elections and reorganizes the War Cabinet and John Maynard Keynes worries about the debt. Moscow, still reeling from the Revolution of 1917, is a scene of desolation, but Lenin insists on setting up the Third International. The scene is set for the silencing of the guns and the collapse and disappearance of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman empires; to revolution and civil disorder; to poverty and disease. The face of Europe was changed forever and the consequences of the peace in that autumn of 1918 would bear fruit twenty years later-when new horrors would await the next generation.
This is a magisterial and compelling study in which Gregor Dallas weaves politics, ideas, social life, fears and aspirations, into a superb reconstruction of one of the great turning points in 20th century history. As Allan Massie wrote in The Daily Telegraph, "1918 is beautifully written, admirably researched, utterly riveting."
"Mr. Dallas writes history in the grand narrative style Personalities, vignettes and opinions abound." The Dallas Morning News
"A sweeping, swirling history of the end of World War I and the ensuing struggle for peace Popular history at its best: a narrative with attitude-thoroughly researched, gracefully written. Kirkus (starred review)
"A fine volume this book makes [the events surrounding the Paris Peace Conference] clear and interesting." Washington Times
"Tells the story of the war's end in rich anecdotal detail. All the fascinating figures Woodrow Wilson, J.M. Keynes, Herbert Hoover, Walther Rathenau are here, along with the high politics of the making of peace at Versailles, and the low politics of the making of revolution in Berlin and Moscow." National Review
Gregor Dallas was born in London, received his university education in the United States at the University of California at Berkley, and now lives in France. He is also the author of the acclaimed 1815: Roads to Waterloo, about the establishment of peace in Europe at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.