The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922

The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922
Author
: Edmond Taylor
Publisher
: Congregation Press
Pages
: 436
Category
: Non Fiction : General
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“a tour de force of scholarship and sophistication” Kirkus Reviews



In the aftermath of World War One four of the most powerful royal families had been deposed and the sprawling empires that they had once ruled over lay in tatters.

Yet although the Hohenzollerns, Romanovs, Habsburgs and Ottomans may have been oblivious to their impending fate, Edmond Taylor demonstrates how there was an ever-increasing swell of discontentment that surrounded them prior to the First World War.

In this fascinating account of the period from 1905 through to 1922 Taylor examines how these opulent dynasts existed upon a tightrope of power, where they were increasingly concerned with petty diplomatic squabbles between themselves and ignored the rebellious spirits of their subjects.

Taylor’s work provides wonderful portraits of all the major figures in world politics at the beginning of the twentieth century from those who held power such as the mock-heroic figure of Wilhelm II and the out-of-depth Czar Nicholas II to those who replaced them like Mustafa Kemal and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin.

The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order, 1905-1922 is remarkable account of the early twentieth century that uncovers the origins of the First World War as well as explaining how European power was dramatically different in 1922 to what it had been in 1905.

“Popular history of the finest sort . . . an excellent book worthy to rank with Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August and Alan Moorehead’s Gallipoli.” The New York Times

“The events may be sprawling but the assessment is succinct … always informative, highly intriguing, one of those historical recreations putting many a novelist in the shade” Kirkus Reviews

Edmond Taylor was a journalist who also published a number of works on European history. His other famous works include The Strategy of Terror and Awakening From History. The Fall of the Dynasties was first published in 1963. Taylor passed away at the age of 90 in 1998.


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