The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914

4.12 avg rating
( 7,758 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345405012: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

"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 the 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 bings 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 Jaurè s was shot to death on the night the War began and an epoch ended.
"Tuchman [was] a distinguished historian who [wrote] her books with a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish. . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."
--The New York Times
"Tuchman proved in The Guns of August thatshe could write better military history than most men. In this sequel, she tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding, eschewing both the sweeping generalizations of a Toynbee and the minute-by-minute simplicisms of a Walter Lord."
--Time

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

PAPERMAC PBK,1981,PHOTOS

Review:

"[Barbara W. Tuchman's] Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914-1918 war. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world."--Newsweek

"A rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish . . . It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration."--The New York Times

"An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work . . . The author's knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more."--Chicago Tribune

"[Tuchman] tells her story with cool wit and warm understanding."--Time

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780026203005: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0026203006 ISBN 13: 9780026203005
Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD, 1966
Hardcover

9780241908150: Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Hamish..., 1966
Hardcover

9780241968246: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Penguin, 2014
Softcover

9780553256024: The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914

Bantam..., 1982
Softcover

9780553055993: The proud tower: A portrait of the world before the War, 1890-1914 (Bantam matrix editions)

Bantam, 1970
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Seller Image

1.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Paperback Quantity available: 20
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780345405012

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780345405012

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.84
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

3.

Tuchman, Barbara W.
Published by Random House Trade 8/27/1996 (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Paperback or Softback Quantity available: 3
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade 8/27/1996, 1996. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780345405012

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
PublisherOverstocks
(Taunton, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 533ZZZ004A6V_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.60
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 52YZZZ000IEJ_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 531ZZZ004AA9_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 535ZZZ004A41_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 536ZZZ004ACH_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 52ZZZZ004A6V_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996)
ISBN 10: 0345405013 ISBN 13: 9780345405012
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1996. Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 532ZZZ004A58_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book