Black Death wiped out an incredible 60% of the European population; it later took Europe 200 years to recover. Who ever thought that in 5 centuries, man will create a new deadly plague one whose weapons aren’t viruses but machine guns and bombshells? Well no one knew that until July 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on good old Serbia. This seemingly small conflict between two countries spread rapidly: soon, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, and France were all drawn into the war, largely because they were involved in treaties that obligated them to defend certain other nations.
Western and eastern fronts quickly opened along the borders of Germany and Austria-Hungary. How did it all the start, I mean there’s always a spark! Austria-Hungary and Serbia didn’t initially declare war out of the blues; it was one man, Gabriel Prince. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. The immediate origin of the war, however, was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the Archduke of Austria Hungary) and his wife Sophie by Gabriel Prince, an irredentist Sere. Somewhat ironically, the spark that set it all off was the assassination that nobody really cared about.
So why go to war over an assassination, if nobody cared (sounds mad huh? )? Because, while nobody seemed to much care about the assassination itself, sneaky Austria-Hungary had been looking for an excuse to wage a war against Serbia as a state in order to weaken or destroy them so as to take back territory in the Balkans, but they also needed Germany’s support, without I t, they treated Russia too much, because to the treaty Russia and Witt Serbia (here is another detail that clearly highlights the fact that without this chain of alliances, WWW wouldn’t have happened, it would have Just been a Hungary-Austria against Serbia war. So, Although the series of events unleashed by the assassination started the war, the war’s origins go deeper, involving national politics, cultures, economics, and a complex web of alliances and counterbalances that had developed between the various European powers since 1870. At this point, the following general series of events happened due to a variety of existing treaties between various nations, which escalated this minor clash into the first “Great War”. So here’s how it went: Russia bound by their treaty with Serbia decides to come to Serbians aid. Germany, with the recent treaty with Austria-Germany, declares war on Russia .
France, bound by an existing treaty with Russia, now is at war with Germany by association. Germany then invades Belgium to have easy access to France. Britain, allied to France with an existing treaty, declares war against Germany. Britain also had a 75 year old treaty with Belgium! So because of both of these treaties, they decided to declare war on Germany. And here’s a funny thing, see, The I-J had previously signed an alliance with France, and when a country signs an alliance ready with another country, a bond is created, one that states: ” If I was attacked, you help, If you were attacked, I help” and that is how it went, really.
The number of countries who got involved was actually shocking. Over 100 countries were involved!! Here’s a couple: Germany, Italy, Australia, France, Belgium, England, Soviet Union, etc How did WI start? Let’s take into consideration that Angela bought a used car without making sure it’s running well. Now, if she has trouble with it later, she’ll return it, and make sure that the next time the car she’s going to buy is totally spice and span. See, people learn from mistakes. But Europe didn’t!
Unfortunately, even after 8. 5 million people lost their lives in WWW, the world didn’t seem to regret anything! In fact, after the miserable 20 years of pain and misery that followed WWW, the world seemed pretty enthusiastic about waging a second war! And by the world, I mean politicians. The cause of WI was simple: Fascism, a form of government where the people are led by a dictator, or a small group of people. The dictator has a vision of what he wants his country to be like and pushes the population towards his goals.
But before I dive into the country which started WI, let’s talk about how tragic Wise ending was, German lost, which meaner that the “winners” of the war were B, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, and the U. S. (they all were considered “winners because the chain of alliances claimed one country victory the victory of another), while Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria (since they allied with Germany). So which country, or rather WHO started WI? Well who other than the blood-power- thirsty politician Doll Hitler! This monstrous public figure not only hated socialists and communists but Jews, too!
Being a dictator before WWW would have sent you out the door, but Germans decided that hard times require hard measures, so Doll Hitler was elected president of Germany. He dreamt of a better Germany, it was particularly why he stepped in as candidate. So what was wrong with that? An ambitious man, Witt an inspiring dream! Well there was more to it than that. T main rule in Fascism was: you give up individual freedoms and if you are not a cog in the machine you will often end up in prison or even killed. That didn’t satisfy the communists and socialists.
Was Doll’s only motive to rate a new Germany? Or were there other spikes in his conscious? Prior to him rising to power, he was convinced that it was a Jewish professor that had rejected his art work; he became convinced that a Jewish doctor had been responsible for his mother’s death; he cleared the snow-bound paths of beautiful town houses in Vienna where rich people lived and he became convinced that only Jews lived in these homes. By 1910, his mind had become warped and his hatred of the Jews – known as anti-Semitism – had become set.
So Hitler was not only dangerously ambitious, alarmingly powerful, but also HATE DRIVEN. Hitler reminds me of a Shakespeare character, Cassias, who killed Julius Caesar because he was driven by Jealousy, it ended up in him being killed, and so, what was Hitter’s fate? Well, World War II began on September 1, 1939 and ended on September 2, 1945. It lasted exactly six years and one day. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (created by Hitler) and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it resulted in 50 million to over 75 million fatalities!!
These deaths make World War II likely the deadliest conflict in human history. The world war is generally said to have gun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and Britain. Another chain of alliances was formed; in fact it was the exact same grouping of countries! At the beginning Germany was the star of the show, leading a non-ending chain of victories, beating Russians and the British to death. But after years of continuous victories the German army began to lose its shine, while Russia and Britain grew powerful.
The Soviet Union (Russia at that time) was led by another dictator, Stalin. He wasn’t a softies that’s or sure, but ANYONE was better than Jew hating Hitler. Well, long story short, Hitter’s army was defeated on August 30th by the Red Army (a Russian army that wasn’t exactly national but led by people that weren’t in the government). The defeat of Germany was crystal clear, how did Hitler take the news? Not so well, I assure you. He committed suicide; he was so devastated and shocked! That was only two days after Germany was defeated by the Red Army.
And that’s how it ended, by Germany loosing AGAIN. The Century The century was Ken Fillet’s bestselling trilogy, an astounding historical fiction by my favorite writer. Fall of Giants, the first book, is an epic Novel. It is set during the time period of World War one, including events from 1911 to 1924. The book begins with a young Welsh boy, Billy Williams, at his first day in the coal mines of a small inland town called Barrower. The reader is given a vivid description of rural life in the early 20th century.
Earl Featherbed is the landowner in Barrower, and is a very wealthy man. At his estate he holds a dinner, with many prestigious guests including the King and Queen of England. Among the guests are also Walter von Lurch and Gus Dewar, woo of the main characters. Gus is an American politician who acts as President Willow’s right hand man. Walter is a German diplomat who is an instrumental piece in the anti-war movement. At the dinner en also tall in love Witt Maude Featherbed, and they begin their romantic story through this novel.
The last family to be introduced is the Peepshows. Gorier and his younger brother Level live in the industrial part of Moscow, the brothers share a dream of moving to America, but that dream may never be fully realized. The Title: I think that Ken Foulest chose a very fitting title for his book. I believe that “Fall of Giants” refers to the destruction of very old, very powerful beings that existed in the early 20th century. First off, the Tsar of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II were both forced to abdicated, marking the end of a monarchical era for Eastern Europe.
These Oligarchies are attempted to be replaced by more democratic governments, and although unstable and unrecognized, they still represent the demise of an ancient system. The “Fall of Giants” could also refer to the weakening of the British aristocracy. With the liberal suffragist movement and the disapproval of the war, rockers unions and women’s made important progress during the war. Either way, the title represents overcoming large obstacles and powerful foes.
Winter of the world Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families?American, German, Russian, English, Welsh?enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Lurch, born of German and English parent’s, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.
American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody Jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism Just as hard as Fascism. Daisy Peepshow, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not Just once but twice, while her cousin Bloody carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war?but the war to come.
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity. As always with Ken Foulest, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. Changes Not many facts were changed, but of course since Fall of Giants and Winter of the World are both historical fictions, then some things must have been altered.
Futile changes have been made. One of the things that basically got my attention was when some characters in the story obtained political careers, those kind of things made those characters in personal contact Witt real historical testers such as Stalin and Hitler! One of the interesting events was when Lord Featherbed (or Fit) had a new baby. Winston Churchill attended the party, slept in his country house and actually got engaged in a dialogue with Fit. Note that this happened in Fall of Giants. The traders of the labor parties in England were different too.
The most interesting changes, I think, are those that alter the main factual story. Here’s an example, in WI (Winter of the World) scientists were required to build an atomic bomb, a main character – a female scientist – was the one who actually built it! That totally contradicts the real story which states that a group of scientists from allied countries were grouped up and had to work together. Our world isn’t devoid of things that horrify us, shock us, and depress us even. There are events that go unnoticed, overlooked, and forgotten, but not WWW and WI.