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First World War: Still No End in Sight | [Frank Furedi]

First World War: Still No End in Sight

That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This audiobook argues that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present. It claims that the disputes about lifestyles and identity - the Culture Wars of today - are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict. There are many influences that contributed to the outbreak of World War One.
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That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This audiobook argues that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present. It claims that the disputes about lifestyles and identity - the Culture Wars of today - are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict. There are many influences that contributed to the outbreak of World War One. One significant influence was the cultural tension and unease that disposed significant numbers of artists, intellectuals and young people to regard the War as an opportunity give meaning to their existence. Later these tensions merged with social unrest and expressed themselves through the new ideologies of the Left and the Right. While these ideologies have become exhausted the conflicts of culture persist to this date. That is why there is Still No End In Sight for the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914. Modern wars did not only lead to the loss of millions of lives. Wars also played a significant role in changing attitudes towards the political ideals of modern time. The Great War called into question the future of liberal democracy. It led to the emergence of radical ideologies, which were in turn discredited through the experience of the Second World War and the Cold War. The current Culture Wars have significantly eroded the status of the values associated with modernity.Through exploring the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914 - First World War: Still No End In Sight - provides a framework for understanding the changing focus of political conflict from ideology to culture.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-24-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2010

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    This is a newly published book (May 2014) about the WWI by Frank Furedi, a professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Furedi contest with unlimited pessimism and references to an army of intellectual social commentators, academics and sociologist, (not a single reference or diary by a common person) that spans the century is that the First World War has never ended. Furedi quoted Tony Judt (“Ill Fares the Land”),” the First World War was followed by epidemics, revolutions, the failure of States, currency collapse, unemployment, dictatorship and fascism. Democracy, however, has proved resilient, if battered”. Furedi is not the first to argue that the Great War brought about our decline of trust in our institutions, notions of authority and our lack of values. Furedi’s argument in this book hinges on three main concepts, usefully emboldened in the text.
    1)“Existential insecurity”, which he sees as extending throughout western society
    2)“Exhaustion” which is more than battle-weariness and closer to the “end of everything” that has fuelled cultural studies since the oil crisis in the 1970s.
    3)The last is an “intellectual crisis experience by western capitalism-recast as the crisis of the intellectual”.
    This is an interesting book about the sequence of political thinkers on liberalism, authority and power since 1914. I would have found this book’s arguments more convincing if it had been backed up with some hard detail of how people lived, and how their lives changed in the decades after 1918, in addition to how sociologist argued that their lives were changing. It is an interest exercise; though ultimately somewhat unconvincing in the way it follows a complex event through very different sequences of cultural and intellectual moods. The author framed the book by his own politics. He is self-described as a Libertarian with his roots in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). The book will stimulate your vocabulary, which makes the book ideal for an e-book as the dictionary is only a finger tap away. Jump the second chapter it is a sort of index go directly to chapter three. The narrator was Greg Wagland

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