Elusive Dove: The Search for Peace During World War I

The World War I was marked by not only the twentieth century but its consequences in many ways still felt today. After years of unspeakable progress, technology development, artistic experiments and everything that marked the fin de siècle, the war began. Unexpectedly by many, until then it became the bloodiest conflict in human history, the first global war that changed the political map of the world in which tens of millions of people were killed. That is an unprecedented way changed the ways of war. The World War I is one of the most important events in human history. Often in the shadow of the World War II, this conflict is marked by history more than any other conflict before it.

Neil Hollander - Elusive DoveNeil Hollander is one of the most prominent writers who studied the World War I. In his monumental work ‘Elusive Dove: The Search for Peace During World War I‘ Hollander analyzes the causes of conflict. Going through all the battlefield, geopolitical relations, the balance between the imperial powers, political and military changes, the end of the war and the peace treaties that determined the framework of future international relations, he concludes with a discussion on the continuation of the conflict to other contraceptives and post-war arrangement of the world that will cause new conflicts. This historical book is one of those that reveal new facts or reinterpret historical sources, but also create a complete picture of the complexity of the conflict. Hollander’s book is the first comprehensive history of the World War I he published in his career as a writer. Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century and the times in which we live needs to read this book.

In this book the author almost comprehensively in four chapters describes the causes, course and outcome of the war, one of the most important historical events, successfully evoking the complexity of the conflict. It also explains the consequences that marked the 20th century and the time in which man lives today. The book contains a name index and a series of geographical map of the area’s largest conflict.

‘Elusive Dove: The Search for Peace During World War I’ from writer and filmmaker Neil Hollander, who is a professor at RISD school in New York City and one of the most respected educators who is member of the American Film Institute, talks about the issue that should be welcomed. the book is well worth the read, among other things, because gives really excellent fact about historical events. Hollander has written a book that covers the entire Great War, all of its key moments and actors and a variety of policies and plans. But it does not seem entirely chronologically, however it would’ve probably made ‘Elusive Dove: The Search for Peace During World War I’ a lot of dreary reading, but thematic analysis of certain aspects of warfare.

The book has brilliant chapters such as ‘Technology, logistics and tactics’ or ‘Weapons and economy’, in which the author analyzes how the World War I became the impetus for the incredible technological innovation and industrial development. This is best shown when it goes specify bombs and shells were manufactured. In 1914 the number of produced bombs was counted in hundreds of thousands. A year and a half later, all sides in the war have produced them in the millions, leaving behind millions of dead, wounded and maimed.

When it comes to the political background, Hollander was not ready not attribute sole blame for the escalation of the war, but the worst in his analysis still goes shaky Austro-Hungarian Empire, a state that is tragicomic disappeared in a swirl of conflicts and in 1918 ceased to exist forever. On the other hand, in Hollander’s book, felt the lack of interest in the events in eastern Europe, but Russia processed much less than France or Germany. Great Britain also focusing on events on the Western Front and expressed unaware colonial attitude towards the Slavs and the Balkans.

Nevertheless, Hollander’s synthesis is put on 850 pages, followed by another 150 pages of sources, an unavoidable book about the World War I, because this historian lacks of interest in the Balkans certainly makes up for a number of pages dedicated to relations between the UK, France and Germany and the trench warfare that almost accidentally developed on the Western front. Being filmmaker who became known for his way of presenting the social aspect of human life, Hollander is especially impressive when dealing with the psychology of war, mass slaughter and descriptions of trench life and survival, so when you drop among ordinary people and deals with their diverse reactions and the ways in which they are trying to deal with the war in which there was nothing heroic not just, nor could he show or seen as a fight between good and evil, as it was the fight against Adolf Hitler.

Finally, Neil Hollander tries to summarize the most important lessons of the first war that turned the industry of killing in which technological advances used for profusely bloodshed. “Any military action, regardless of the legitimacy of his motives, immanent to the risk that the principle objectives and resources will be impaired, which will result in the bad war and a bad peace,” notes Hollander. The World War I was just such, terrible while it lasted but actually worse when he had finished, due to the Treaty of Versailles, in the meantime recognized as the worst peace treaty in the long world history. Because it was not that bad, the First World War might have remained the only World War.


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