Les vaincus violences et guerres civiles 1917-1923
For the people of Western Europe, the years following the First World War were years of mourning, but also peace and prosperity. But as long as we move the look east of the continent, it is a completely different landscape that is revealed. On the lands of vanquished empires, until 1923, they were years of endless nightmares.
Robert Gerwarth reconsiders the legacy of the Great War. For the most part, it was not the trench hecatomb that proved to be the most dangerous for the future of Europe, but what happened in the years that followed: revolutions, pogroms, mass expulsions, civil wars and crimes of a genocidal dimension. Millions of civilians died there.
Everywhere resentful people, eager for revenge, waited their hour to avenge real and imaginary enemies. The extreme violence that swept over Europe in the post-World War I era paved the way for the genocidal conflicts that followed: this is the central thesis of this pioneering book.
"Intense and striking. A current reminder that the roots of the long-standing violence of the twentieth century go back to the cataclysm of the Great War. "Richard Overy
Voted Best Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times and BBC History Magazine
Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Contemporary History at University College Dublin, where he directs the Center for War Studies. He is the author of a biography of Reinhard Heydrich. He has taught in the United States, Germany and France and has directed a European research program on the 1917-1923 sequence.