The Proud Tower

  • von Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Sprecher: Nadia May
  • 21 Std. 47 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


"The diplomatic origins, so-called, of the War are only the fever chart of the patient; they do not tell us what caused the fever. To probe for underlying causes and deeper forces one must operate within the framework of a whole society and try to discover what moved the people in it." (Barbara W. Tuchman) The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.
In The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman concentrates on society rather than the state. With an artist's selectivity, Tuchman brings to vivid life the people, places, and events that shaped the years leading up to the Great War: the Edwardian aristocracy and the end of their reign; the Anarchists of Europe and America, who voiced the protest of the oppressed; Germany, as portrayed through the figure of the self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; the sudden gorgeous blaze of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet and Stravinsky's music; the Dreyfus Affair; the two Peace Conferences at the Hague; and, finally, the youth, ideals, enthusiasm, and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized in the moment when the heroic Jean Jaures was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.



"It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration." ( The New York Times)"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August that she could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding." ( Time)


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Strange perception of history

To begin with, I would like to say that Barabara Tuchman is on of the writer on history that I most admire. Here style is clear, never boring and she has the ability to take the reader into the time she is writing about and gives him or her an impression on the way people thought and acted at that time. This is unique, because she manages to avoid kitsch and stereotypes.

This book would deserve 5 stars if there were not one aspect that gets more and more irritating throughout the book. Her open anti German attidue lets her miss the more important points of prewar history, in particular when she writes about prewar socialism. The difficulties of a German socialist party and its acchievements are covered under rather pointed statements about things she thinks are typically German. If you write about a foreign culture and take the liberty to comment about its peculiarities you should at least try to understand that culture. Writing about the internal hun in every German that is only controlled by an obsession for order would have been the appropriate style immediately after the second world war but is just unacceptable today.
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- Stefan Lenz

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.09.2005
  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio, Inc.