What really happened after WWI

The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End

18th September, 2016
German soldiers march through Berlin upon returning from the World War I frontlinePicture: Getty

History, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End 1917-1923, By Robert Gerwarth, Allen Lane, €33.25

In January 1919, just two months after the end of World War I, WB Yeats began work on a poem called The Second Coming. It described his apocalyptic vision of Europe, directly contradicting anyone who believed that the conflict just resolved had been “the war to end all wars”. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot...

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