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1913 : the world before the Great War / Charles Emmerson.

By: Emmerson, Charles.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Bodley Head, 2013Description: xiv, 528 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781847922267 (hbk.); 1847922260 (hbk.).Other title: Nineteen thirteen.Subject(s): Nineteen thirteen, A.D | History, Modern -- 20th century | Nineteen thirtiesDDC classification: 909.821 Summary: "Told through the stories of twenty-three cities - Europe's capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas - Charles Emmerson presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem. What emerges is a rich and complex world, more familiar than we expect, connected as never before, on the threshold of events which would change the course of global history."--Publisher's description.
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Most retrospective accounts of the world in 1913 reduce it to either its most frivolous features - last bright summers in grand aristocratic residences - or to its most destructive ones: the rivalries of great European powers, rumbling social unrest in Russia and the angst of Viennese coffee houses. Proposing a different and more expansive portrait of 1913, Charles Emmerson reveals a year in which a truly global society was emerging for the first time in human history.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [495]-501) and index.

"Told through the stories of twenty-three cities - Europe's capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas - Charles Emmerson presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem. What emerges is a rich and complex world, more familiar than we expect, connected as never before, on the threshold of events which would change the course of global history."--Publisher's description.

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