Len's Summary: Now available in paperback, this is panoramic study of war, conflict and violence in the first half of the 20th century. Economic historian Ferguson sees three overlapping factors as key to understanding what happened: ethnic conflict, economic volatility and the decline of empires. // Published in the UK with the subtitle History's Age of Hatred. Companion volume to a new six-part British TV series premiering in June 2006 examining the conflicts of the 20th century. Ferguson takes the position that World Wars One and Two, and the Cold War were not separate conflicts, but a single "hundred years' war, a struggle powered by imperial and ethnic competition. Dr. Ferguson, a leading economic historian and native of Glasgow, now teaches at Harvard.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.