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War: How Conflict Shaped Us – tekijä:…

War: How Conflict Shaped Us (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Margaret MacMillan (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:War: How Conflict Shaped Us
Kirjailijat:Margaret MacMillan (Tekijä)
Info:Random House (2020), 336 pages
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So this is a really interesting book that gives more information about the history of war than I thought was possible. From analysis of ancient conflicts to social movements that parallel or encourage wars, each section could probably be expanded into a book by itself. If there is any criticism perhaps it is that there is so much information that topics are breezed through and transitioned very quickly. This is a relatively short novel, so there is just not enough space to cover things as in depth as they may deserve. Nevertheless, I found the book full of lots of interesting facts.given the topic I can see how this may not fall into every person’s wheelhouse, but you are likely to come across something that you never knew . Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | May 10, 2021 |
Having read and very much admired Ms. MacMillan's "The War That Ended Peace", I eagerly awaited this book, and bought it as soon as it came out. It is indeed a very interesting book, and also a readable one. It also stresses some ideas that bear notice -- that war and the nation state are interdependent, that the general view on any given war can change drastically over time, and that art and war have a strong and shifting relationship. But, for me, it doesn't answer some essential questions. Is war innate in human nature? What is war like for the warrior? The only conclusion presented on the second issue is that war is a mystery. This isn't proposed as an answer to the first, but it was the answer the book created for me. A more direct approach would have been welcome -- if perhaps impossible. ( )
  annbury | May 4, 2021 |
The concluding paragraph is good. Other than that, this is one of the more forgettable books you’ll ever read. Anecdotal stories are grouped together in themes by chapter, but many oppose each other, so they don’t lead anywhere. Some parts are interesting enough I suppose. ( )
  texasstorm | May 2, 2021 |
Margaret MacMillan is the great granddaughter of David Lloyd George. In her latest book, War, she paints with a very broad brush many of the principles she iterated first in her more specific books about World War I, Paris 1919 and The War that Ended Peace. She asserts that war is a natural form of behavior for man; it is in our bones. She argues that the desire to protect oneself — or one’s tribe or nation — has dominated human history. [She could have added, but did not, that a study of primate groups reveals much the same bellicose tendencies, making the argument that war is not only in our bones, but in our DNA.]. Although her generalizations are sweeping, she illustrates most of them with piquant specifics that make the book easy reading, or in my case, listening.

MacMillan treats many aspects of war in interesting and often original ways. She makes trenchant observations on how war has affected technology, women’s rights, logistics, and the arts. She argues, as have other historians, that war has acted as a catalyst of change and invention - one need only consider the drive to develop and refine penicillin during WWII as just one example of creative advancement driven by the needs of war.

In one respect, however, she gives short shrift to one aspect of war writing that others have done better in the past. Rather than actually describe combat or provide a realistic depiction of the conduct of war, she quotes other writers who bemoan how difficult it is to do so. For those interested in such description, I recommend any of the many books by John Keegan, particularly The Face of Battle.

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  nbmars | Nov 30, 2020 |
This is a comprehensive collection of scholarly essays on the topic of war and its effect on the world and the people who inhabit it. The essays are derived from the author's 2018 series of lectures entitled "The Mark of Cain", presented by the BBC. The book is meant for a general audience.

The message: War is simply a part of human nature.

The history of war is presented from early times, brought forward to the present day , e.g. the current conflicts in Iraq and Libya are in the narrative. Each of the book's chapters is more or less a standalone essay, some of which are more analytical than others. I was expecting a survey of selected battles in history and discussion of the place of war on the continuum of conflict as portrayed in dispute resolution literature. I was therefore pleased to see instead an analytical and thoughtful approach to such things as the role of civilians in war, preparing soldiers for war and the public perceptions of war.

For Professor Macmillan, it is essential to study war in order to make sense of the past. This reminded me of the saying "War is the locomotive of history" which is attributed to Trotsky. In this book the approach taken is that war is "not an aberration" and it is more than the absence of peace. Its study is necessary to develop an understanding of our world and how we have reached this point in history.

What stands out is that each of the essays is presented as a story, not written in an academic lecture-like style. While I read the eBook and enjoyed it, I think an audio version would be fantastic, especially if it were to be read by Professor MacMillan.

I requested and received a complementary eBook from the publisher via Netgalley. The comments are my own. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Oct 8, 2020 |
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