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A bold, revisionist account of World War I's lingering end, the bloody years that followed, and the Western world's reeling transformation.

Nobody believed a modern war could last so long--but by 1917, Europe had already been at war for three years. The fabric of the continent had unraveled and now, just as the first American troops docked in European ports, the continent began to collapse from the inside: first Russia, then Austria-Hungary, soon Germany, then the Ottoman Empire.


Historians have long divided World War I into neat divisions of conflict--1914 to 1918--and peace, after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Yet in his new, remarkable history, Charles Emmerson reveals that Europe had already begun its metamorphosis long before the war's end--and that the finale was longer, bloodier, and more complex than we've previously been told. As Russia spiraled into revolution with the fall of the Romanovs and the rise of the Bolsheviks, Germany was violently combating communism within its own borders. As civil war fomented in Ireland, Mustafa Kemal was reinventing himself as father of the Turks. Meanwhile, Spain fought a colonial war in Morocco, the British quelled uprisings in the Middle East.

By 1924, Woodrow Wilson, Vladimir Lenin, Emperor Franz-Josef, and Tsar Nicholas II were all dead, and the metamorphosis of the western world was complete. New states had risen, America was isolated, Germany was embittered, and the French and British were weak and exhausted. Yet after twelve years, the Great War was over, finally. And, as Emmerson proves, it was in this extended eight-year ending--not in the trenches or the halls of Versailles--that the seeds of the future had been sown.
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About the Author

Charles Emmerson is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House working on resource security, foreign policy, and global geopolitics. He is the author of The Future History of the Arctic and 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War. He was formerly a writer for the Financial Times and continues to publish regularly on international affairs.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.