Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel

Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel❮Read❯ ➫ Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel Author Peter Englund – Four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses showing not just what the First World War was but what it was like to live throughThere are many books on the First World War but award winning and b och sorg PDF/EPUB ã Four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses showing not just what the First World War was but what it was like to live throughThere are many books on the First World War but award winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach Describing the experiences skönhet och sorg Första världskriget Epub / of twenty ordinary people from around the world all now unknown he explores the everyday aspects Stridens skönhet Epub / of war not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity monotony and even beauty Two of these twenty will perish two will become prisoners of war two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks One of them goes mad another will never hear a shot firedFollowing soldiers and sailors nurses and government workers from Britain Russia Germany Australia and South skönhet och sorg MOBI ï America and in theatres of war often neglected by major histories on the period Englund reconstructs their feelings impressions experiences and moods This is a piece of anti history it brings this epoch making event back to its smallest component the individual.

och sorg PDF/EPUB ã Peter Englund born April in Boden is a Swedish author and historian and a member of the Swedish Academy since Englund was born into a military family in Boden and studied caretaking for two years and then humanistic subjects for another two years in secondary school He was skönhet och sorg Första världskriget Epub / then conscripted and served months in the Swedish Army at the Norrbotten Regiment located in Stridens skönhet Epub / Boden He was.

Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212
  • Hardcover
  • 488 pages
  • Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel
  • Peter Englund
  • English
  • 11 May 2015
  • 9781846683428

10 thoughts on “Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel

  1. says:

    For obvious reasons writers and historians usually approach history from the top down The focus is on the kings and emperors and presidents and field marshals and generals who make the big decisions that set the dominoes falling To be sure any writer worth his salt will throw in a few viewpoints from the common man for a bit of color; mainly though history is told through the eyes of the fellows atop the organizational flowchartThis is all well and good if your sole object in reading a history book is to learn in broad strokes what happened I’ve always been of a mind though that history is than a timeline or a recounting or a description of abstract politicalculturalsocioeconomic movements It is the story of normal people in extraordinary times The central conceit of Peter Englund’s The Beauty and the Sorrow is to upend the usual construct and give us a history as told from the ground floor As the subtitle states this is an intimate history of World War ITo that end he has chosen to follow the lives of twenty men and women throughout the cataclysm of the Great War With a couple exceptions – the glaring one being famed Belgium fighter ace Willy Coppens – these individuals come to us unknown They are from thirteen different countries They are soldiers sailors nurses politicians and civilians fleeing an oncoming army Some of them see battle; others never fire a shot; still others are far away from the front linesEnglund divides his book into five chapters – one chapter for each year of the war from 1914 1918 – as well as a concluding chapter that sort of attempts to tie up loose ends At the start of each chapter is a broad chronology of major events taking place that year The chapters themselves are constructed much like a diary There will be a heading with the date and then a short introduction telling you which character is involved where that person is and what heshe is doing Englund does his best to minimize his own presence He writes in the present tense again mimicking a diary or journal and maintains the oft constricted viewpoint of his chosen character referring geopolitical contexts and broader explanations to footnotesThe prose is oddly lifeless At first I attributed this to the translation from Swedish to English Upon further reflection though I think it was intentional When Englund directly uotes his characters their words often leap off the page with piercing details exceptional insights and flashes of real elegance In keeping his own writing minimalist and uninflected I think Englund was just staying out of the way For instance at the beginning of 1918 we meet up with Pal Kelemen a twenty year old Austro Hungarian cavalryman He watches an Italian bomber crashBy the time I get there the body of the Italian flying captain killed by a machine gun bullet is laid out on the turf beside the planeThe Italian officer is clad in a full leather suit his faultless elegance disturbed only by the angle at which his cap is crushed over his clean shaven face A fine worked silver wrist watch ticks on unshaken and the whole body stretched out at ease seems to be only sleepingWe search his pockets; his portfolio is handed to me Besides letters banknotes slips of paper there is a double folded card in a hard black binding “Season tickets to the circus Verona”Here on this barren shell plowed field the circus is just a printed name on a piece of cardboard The glittering lamps at the base of the box rows the grubbed up carpet of the sawdust the snapping whip of the ringmaster the bareback rider with her tulle skirt and flashing jewels and all the other endless delights of youth have been left behind forever by one young lifeI should like to slide the card back under the bloodstained shirt so that as in pagan times when everything that served the hero followed him into the tomb this property of his also should disappear from the face of the earth and there should be at least one place left empty in his memory in the circus in VeronaWhen you have diarists and memoirists of such talent it is perhaps wise to let them take center stage Despite the obvious literary talents of the people Englund chose to follow I found the book uneven Certain of the characters make a lasting impression; just as many however flit in and out of the narrative leaving just the faintest mark And frankly some of the stories told in this book are barely worth the mention Certainly they illustrate a point – that a soldier’s life is just as much boredom as terror and excitement – but that doesn’t necessarily make for thrilling reading Despite following a number of soldiers The Beauty and the Sorrow is an unusual World War I book in that battles are the last thing on its mind They are few are far between and described only fleetingly by the participants This is only an observation not a critiue Anyone looking for first person accounts of trench warfare can easily pick up Storm of Steel When I finished The Beauty and the Sorrow my overall impression was one of respect rather than love I really liked the idea of a pointillist view of World War I History as seen through a pinhole No generals No politicians No talk of strategy Rather a book that focused on the details the fear and sadness of fleeing your home; the youthful pride of putting on a uniform and marching off to war; the mundane details about what people ate for dinner in 1916 However much I liked the concept I was not won over by the execution In distributing the stories across twenty people and thirteen nationalities Englund provided breadth but sacrificed depth and detail and also left me trying to remember who was who Moreover Englund’s understated style of writing while a humble choice also kept me at arm’s length As I noted before he billed this book as an “intimate history” but his style belies that assertion This was a book that I wanted to cuddle with but could not I was kept at bay by the dry often inert presentation Lately I’ve been on a real World War I kick After consuming a couple general histories and then digging into a detailed study of the Battle of the Marne a book meant to refute arguments I didn't know existed I found The Beauty and the Sorrow to be a bracing tonic It cleared my head of hopelessly complicated maps and strategy and gave me a nice does of humanity I’m glad it was written; I’m glad I read it It just fell short of the emotional jolt I initially expected

  2. says:

    Beauty and the Sorrow is appropriate in both its slightly pretentious title and its subtitle as an “intimate history” of the first world war Pretentious may be the wrong word as this book is very much filled with beauty and with much much sorrow Tracing about twenty lives through the events of those years and revealing history only as it affect each of them though Englund does provide witty and informed footnotes to hint at wider events this is an ideal fusing of historical narrative and novelistic techniue The non fiction novel that was so sought in the sixties realized Lightness of style and clearheaded prose in translation makes this addictively readable Most discussion and portrayal of this war is dominated by the grim imagery of the western front while not ignored in the book a wider canvas is employed giving all the forgotten theaters their due such as the destruction of Serbia genocide of the Armenians the terror of the Zeppelin bombing raidsthe eastern front the horrific siege of Kut bloody battle for Gaza and the absurd guerilla campaign in Africa The cast of “characters” is varied and provides piece by piece a very epic and thorough history without losing it’s for lack of a better word intimacy Whatever name you lay on this war for all its cruelty and pointlessness birthed the twentieth century and thus the world we inherited Coming up on the hundredth year anniversary of its start I’m sure it will be much discussed and this book should make the top shelf of books to turn to A marvelous piece of history and literature

  3. says:

    I can't explain the rave reviews on this one The reporting is definitely there The author has found 20 ordinary but interesting people engaged at some level in World War I They come from all sides of the conflict no Turks but he's got a S American who fought for the Ottoman Empire It looks like uite a bit of the material comes from memoirs that would have been lost in some dusty old library if they ever made it to one to begin with Unfortunately the writer just forgot to write The book takes the reader through the war years with short journal entry style chapters Cutting to the chase is definitely not Mr Englund's style We're subjected to 500 pages of paragraphs that start with Early autumn clear skies A light mist Hazy sunshine or Nothing of any importance has occurred Particularly aggravating is that some of the best material is in the footnotes long footnotes that sometimes take up half the page in itty bitty type The author also makes the mistake of uoting some of the memoir writers at length This is when you realize that while these people led interesting lives during the war their turgid prose was probably one reason we haven't heard of them today We don't have any Primo Levi's in the bunchI stuck it out because I was curious about the people but I wish the author had spent time editing and crafting the narrative

  4. says:

    Disclaimer I won this book in a giveaway sponsored by Regal Literary Englund’s book isn’t a history of the First World War at least not a normal history Following the experiences of twenty nobodies The Beauty and the Sorrow showcases the experience of people during the war from the battlefields to the nursing stations to the home front His cast is diverse Germans Brits Americans nurses one house wife and a schoolgirl The book is organized by year and jumps around The people come and go and not everyone makes it The book is about personal experience than the general battle though Englund does include a timeline for each year So the reader discovers what the nurses went through or hears about cavalry man who had to see to the death of his horse and then eat the gelding If works such as Tuchman’s give you a global scope this is intimate and far important because of that In the 100 years since the War it is important that we remember it simply because of how it changed everything IN the US we don’t really think about it and while the National Mall in DC does boast a WW I memorial it is for those from the area not a National memorial like for the other wars This book deals with the war in a far intimate way and does not romanticize it in a way that certain televised dramas do Highly recommended for history bluffs Highly recommended for everyone

  5. says:

    Englund treats us to a masterful perspectival account of WW I The narrative takes the form of a chronologically arranged set of diary entries from 20 different people who experienced the war whether as soldiers politicians mothers children nurses etc Englund offers an account that is thus non reductive and that avoids cliches and moralizing There is a kind of sleight of hand in the way Englund summarizes diary entries on the way toward uoting parts of them This has a tendency to masue Englund's narration since selection as is will known in historiography is always value laden History is as much the history we tell as what happened and some would argue history is ever only the history we chose Still Englund honours an irreducible event by asking us to pause and see events unfold through the eyes of those the diaries represent This is not a patriot's history Nor is it an objector's one It is an account that asks us to take time to ponder a conflict whose aftershocks we still experience in our contemporary global order It asks us to look down the well of history and see there an entire generation of 20 30 year olds wiped out in four years a conflict so gruesome and so massive that its conclusion in 1918 as the term armistice implies did not spell the end of the global conflict only a hiatus while everyone waited for people to be born to grow up and to fight Anyone who has a romantic view of war should read this book what would it mean to drown in mud to use cadavers or bits of them as barricades to hide behind to avoid being gunned down by machine guns to starve to death at home to support a war no one believed in any to fall prey to insane generals and maniacal rulers? Englund does not answer these uestions for us he shows rather than tells and this is what makes this such a masterful account He does not wrap himself in the flag nor does he put daisies in the barrels of guns He honours history by asking us to take possession of it in these accounts of people whose lives were made and unmade in a terrible conflict This is a great book

  6. says:

    Drawn from personal journals and letters The Beauty and The Sorrow interweaves poignant and harrowing stories of twenty ordinary people with widely varying backgrounds nationalities and occupations who are all caught up in the turmoil of World War I The individuals include an English nurse in Russia a 12 year old German girl an Australian army engineer a Venezuelan cavalryman in the Ottoman army and an American opera singer married to a Polish aristocrat The number of entries for each person varies and their stories are intermingled presented in the order that they happened but I found I enjoyed the book when I untangled some of the accounts using the index so I could follow the people I was most interested in straight through from start to finish Every chapter covers one year of the war and begins with a chronological list of that year’s battles and invasions Some of the source materials the author draws on are available in their entirety from or through Google Books and the ones I’ve perused so far are well worth looking up if you want information I’ve especially enjoyed the book When the Prussians Came to Poland written by Laura Turczynowicz the American opera singer who was living in Poland with her family and leading a Downton Abbey like life of luxury when the war began As the Downton Abbey characters did Laura abandoned some of her aristocratic lifestyle to tend to gravely wounded soldiers but unlike her fictional British counterparts Laura’s grand family home had to be abruptly abandoned when it became the front line of battle and she and her children escaped with little than their lives

  7. says:

    Totally different perspective of the Great War told through the experiences of twenty uniue participants woven gracefully together by the author

  8. says:

    One hundred years ago and some change the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist and it was this seemingly small event that touched off one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history that of World War I I have the sense that a lot of people have largely forgotten World War I We still have veterans alive that fought in World War II and there was a clear evil we were fighting in that war But all of the people who fought in the First World War and most of the people who had to endure a war torn Europe are dead now and we tend to forget that it was Germany's loss in the WWI that set Adolf Hitler on his mad rise to power which ultimately turned into WWII Peter Englund has chosen to show us not the tactics or battle formations or even the lives of the most important characters of WWI but instead the most ordinary of people We see the war through the eyes of the soldiers the sailors the nurses people drawn from all over the world to fight for their colonial rulers or people who simply felt they needed to be part of this big adventure We see the tedium of life in the trenches of the horror of seeing men obliterated next to you of dealing with the stench of rotting bodies when you're trying to eat a meal to keep your strength up We see the hardships of the people left behind the refusal of the governments to allow the media to publish the reality of losses the lack of food and milk and diapers and coffee for the average person We also see the class system that still existed in some of the armies in which the common soldiers have barely enough to eat but the officers are still eating four course dinnersWhile it is fascinating to see how the long years of war affecting the common man this book can be frustrating and long at times It's difficult to keep all twenty characters straight and when Englund does devolve into strategy and tactics of the war it was difficult for those details to sink into my brain I do appreciate that Englund composed it almost like a communal diary going chronologically but at the same time I have to wonder if it would have been effective to concentrate on one person at a timeHighly recommend this book to people who enjoy history and especially the history of the ordinary person But just keep in mind it is really long and can be dry at times

  9. says:

    It was great if you love history or wars which I do It had a lot of detail I mean right down to the way things sounded when they exploded or whizzed past your head Or the way decaying bodies smelled The details were sometimes hard to read I mean it's war Things are horrible But It followed the lives of several people throughout the war It used their diaries and letters to loved ones to follow their lives during the war Some were part of the army for various nations some were nurses doctors pilots Some were average people Some died or went crazy Others fell in love and got engaged I loved it I wish it had been assigned in school Reading what each person was thinking gives different perspectives on the war The youngest person was 12 and the oldest was 49 so it really covered a lot of emotions and thoughts If anyone enjoys history I would highly suggest this bookMy biggest complaint is that it lists every person on one page in the beginning of the book their age what they do and where they do it Now it gets confusing when reading the book because the book is arranged in chronological order so it shows every diary or letter from that day for every person in the book if they wrote that day It gets confusing because it only gives their name and remembering each person can be uite challenging I had to bookmark the page in the beginning of the book so I could go back each time someone wrote so I could remember where they are from and what they do Too many footnotes too

  10. says:

    After Birdsong I wanted to read about World War I but whereas that novel had been solely about the western front this history described every aspect of the war I especially enjoyed the sections on East Africa and Mesopotamia as I had very little prior knowledge about the fighting there The book also uses an unusual and highly effective format; basically the author follows twenty individuals using their diaries letters and other sources and as the years march from 1914 18 we read small vignettes of what each of them is experiencing in their daily life What makes this book so uniue is that the cast of characters includes both men and women ranging in age from about 12 55 who come from all over Great Britain Germany Hungary Russia Venezuela Australia the US Italy and Some of these people are civilians some are soldiers and some are medics but they are all changed irrevocably by the war I'll admit I expected it to be a bit of a slog but it moved surprisingly uickly due in part to Englund's decision to write most of the text himself and only use direct uotes where they made a moment vivid This editing kept the structure flowing smoothly rather than getting hung up on minor details in the primary documents like some other historical works I've read A fascinating book overall and highly recommended

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