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    DescriptionThere are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty. Two of these twenty will perish, two will become prisoners of war, two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks. One of them goes mad, another will never hear a shot fired. Following soldiers and sailors, nurses and government workers, from Britain, Russia, Germany, Australia and South America - and in theatres of war often neglected by major histories on the period - Englund reconstructs their feelings, impressions, experiences and moods. This is a piece of anti-history: it brings this epoch-making event back to its smallest component, the individual.


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    Title
    The Beauty and the Sorrow
    Subtitle
    An Intimate History of the First World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Englund
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 488
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 488 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846683435
    ISBN 10: 1846683432
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWN
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027090, HIS000000
    Libri: ERST3000, WELT1024, WELT2600
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJF
    DC23: 940.3
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    06 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Englund is an award-winning, bestselling Swedish historian. Having been a professor at Uppsala University, in 2008 he was appointed the new Permanent Secretary of Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. His breakthrough book on the Battle of Poltava was published to universal critical acclaim and sold over 250,000 copies in Sweden alone.
    Review quote
    "'Peter Englund is one of the finest writers of our time on the tactics, the killing and the psychology of war. In The Beauty and the Sorrow he superbly and humanely brings to life all the tragedy, chaos, death and gunsmoke of battle' (Simon Sebag Montefiore) 'A wonderfully wide and rich mosaic of personal experience from the First World War' (Antony Beevor) 'A haunting mosaic of the experiences of war. The layers of voices build to create a richly complex and rarely heard account of the First World War that lingers in the memory long after the final page. Immensely powerful.' (Juliet Gardiner, author of 'The Blitz')"