The Proud Tower has ratings and reviews. In The Proud Tower, Barbara W. Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the Edwardian. The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the. The Proud Tower A Portrait of the World Before the War, ; Barbara W. Tuchman’s Great War Series Written by Barbara W. Tuchman. The Proud Tower.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Still tuchkan all, The Proud Tower is not only an essential book, but verges on being a great one. Nationalism proved stronger than socialism. The Dreyfus Affair is an interesting case in point.

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I’ve been punching out the four stars lately, but in justification, if the book is a two I usually just let it gather some dust. Because barbqra is episodic though, I thought it somewhat hit-or-miss.

Although she claims that other countries could have been picked, she decided on the final grouping using no real set of criteria other than interest to the general reader. It’s one of those situations in which you thank the Lord, or somebody, that this particular person decided to go ahead in this particular direction.

Not a comprehensive “big-man” history toser Europe before World War One, but a series of highly illuminating essays in Barbara Tuchman’s inimitable erudite, yet accessible style. It does not provide a portrait, a holistic vision, so much as it gives us an assortment of snapshots.


Review of: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914 by Barbara Tuchman

Technologically the world was a very different from today, but the strifes between economic groups and among nations bears many similarities to our own time. View all 7 comments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 21, Patrick Gibson rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Learn more about Amazon Prime. And this is where I would like to say something about the benefits of history — what can we learn from history?

We know now that the rebels who fought the Spanish soon turned against American governance and that a long jungle war wreaked devastation on the insurgents and disheartened the U. In wiping out so many lives which would have been operative on the years that followed, in destroying beliefs, changing ideas, and leaving incurable wounds of disillusion, it created a physical as well as psychological gulf between two epochs.

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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, by Barbara W. Tuchman

Author shows us the political, social, and artistic zeitgeist en of what we on this side of the pond call the Gilded Age, giving them all equal emphasis she must have done hella research and pproud a slow reveal on a time when ideas held such cultural currency that it was hard to tell the difference between what was actually political, social and artistic. Refresh and try again. Mar 30, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: It was a fascinating time.


The fact is, there is no single ‘story’ to tell when covering this period. The fourth went into some depth about the Dreyfus affair, and anyone thinking that the divisiveness we are experiencing in America nowis anything new should definitely ptoud about France during the Dreyfus Affair.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Dreyfus affair was kind of interesting. Sep 15, Cera rated it liked it. To some degree, this work is marred by an over-emphasis on Tuchman’s specific concerns.

This book consists of eight sections, or as the title suggests — portraits. Tension over the impending cataclysm imbues a special poignancy to her narratives, somewhat like life on the Titanic before the iceberg is struck.

I had looked forward to reading this for quite some time, but now that I have finally gotten around to it, I’m feeling the effect of my high expectations. The Idea and the Deed — The Anarchists: Read it Forward Read it first. Email required Address never made public.

Please try again later. We can equally well show we learn and learn nothing from her pages.

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