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1913 : in search of the world before the Great War / Charles Emmerson.

Authors: Emmerson, Charles.
Call number: 909.821 EMM
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2013.
Publication date: c2013.
Subject: History, Modern -- 20th century.
Title: 1913 : in search of the world before the Great War / Charles Emmerson.
Additional title: Nineteen-thirteen
Edition: 1st ed.
Physical description: xiv, 526 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents note: Introduction -- I Centre of the Universe: London: World City; Paris: The Eternal, the Universal; Berlin: Powerhouse; Rome: The Pope's aeroplane; Vienna: Shadows and Light; St. Petersburg: Eastern Colossus -- II The Old New World: Washington DC: Republic, Nation, Empire; New Work: Metropolis; Detroit: A Model Future; Los Angeles: Boom!; Mexico City: Monroe's Bequest -- III The World Beyond: Winnipeg-Melbourne: Britain Abroad; Buenos Aires: Southern Star; Algiers: The Radiance of the Republic; Bombay-Durban: Tapestry of Empire; Tehran: Under Foreign Eyes; Jerusalem: Zion and its Discontents -- IV Twilight Powers: Constantinople: Tides of History; Peking-Shanghai: Walking Slumber; Tokyo: Rising Sun; London: Beyond the Horizon -- Epilogue: The Afterlife of 1913.
Summary note: A Chatham House senior research fellow and author of The Future History of the Arctic presents an assessment of the year 1913 that is independent of an imminent World War I, drawing on visits to European capitals and other major cities to reveal how the world was more integrated and internationalized than previously understood.
"Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspective narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features... In this illuminating history, Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this "prelude to war" narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe's capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open." -- front cover flap.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [495]-501) and index.
ISBN: 9781610392563 (HC)
1610392566 (HC)
LCCN: 2013935895
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