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The world as it was a century ago

1913: The World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson. The Bodley Head, €31.50.

27th April, 2013
Holidaymakers on the beach in England in 1913. Photo: Getty


What is striking about the world 100 years ago is how little has truly changed. As Charles Emmerson notes in his exhaustive study, 1913: The World Before the Great War, people were already driving cars and flying planes.

They delighted in travel, holidaying by train or - for the leisured classes - perhaps taking a round-the-world cruise. A cruise aboard the SS Cleveland, for example, cost $650; its conveniences included a dark room for amateur photographers and...

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