The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth – Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 – is a non-fiction book on European history. While in the west WWI ended on 11 November 1918, which is now commemorated as Remembrance Day in UK, the fighting did not stop in the eastern parts of Europe. My teachers recommended me the book and it was very interesting to read.

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

It is on the dry side, so I don’t imagine it is popular with non-historians. But it is a book well worth reading for people who want to understand the history of WWI and the interwar period. It is also a must read for historians. Also, if someone is reading non-fiction regularly, this is very suitable for them too. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because Gerwarth used no Romanian sources. There are plenty of sources on Hungary, written by Hungarians, and their views are coming through. I checked the authors’ names in the bibliography and none were Romanian. It is one-sided, especially when Hungary was the country with more power historically.
Also, yes, Germany invaded Poland in 1939, just as Stalin did, so, if Hitler was inspired by Mustafa Kemal’s defiance, Stalin was too, especially considering that (according to the book), ussr and Turkey decided to divide Armenia between them… in 1921, when US was providing food to ussr because there was a famine. Also, US should have taken some action back then, but no, appeasement.

Besides that, the book is very good. The things on Hungary and Romania are only a few pages, and it is a book on all European conflicts in between WWI and WWII, including russia. Another way I found the book interesting is on the comparisons which can be made between the 1920s/1930s and what is happening today in Ukraine. For these reasons I would recommend the book.

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin
Year it was published: 2016
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History, European
Pages: 446

About the author: Robert Gerwarth is a professor of European history, with an emphasis on German history. Since finishing a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford, he has held fellowships at Princeton, Harvard, the NIOD (Amsterdam) and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia.
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2 thoughts on “The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth”

    • If you are interested, then do read this book because it shows how ideas of war-ended-we-can-move-on were wrong.
      WWII didn’t end either, just shifted into the Cold War, which didn’t end either despite people fooling themselves that it did. Cold war shifted into imperialistic wars (russia as a federation despite the fact that some wanted independence, not only Chechenya, and conflicts in Moldova, Azerbaijan/Armenia).

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