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The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies, and it also unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After ninety years, scholars remain divided on such questions, and it seems likely that they always will. A World Undone does not claim to have all the answers–if answers are even possible, which is part of what makes the questions so interesting. It will provide students, though, with enough information to understand why the questions persist, and perhaps in some cases to arrive at conclusions of their own.
A World Undone is grand, tragic story brilliantly told. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today.
"Accomplished with brio... [Meyer] blends 'foreground, background, and sidelights' to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century."—Publishers Weekly, starred review