In this fascinating volume, renowned historian Howard M. Sachar relates the tragedy of twentieth-century Europe through an innovative, riveting account of the continent's political assassinations between 1918 and 1939 and beyond. By tracing the violent deaths of key public figures during an exceptionally fraught time period the aftermath of World War I Sachar lays bare a mIn this fascinating volume, renowned historian Howard M. Sachar relates the tragedy of twentieth-century Europe through an innovative, riveting account of the continent's political assassinations between 1918 and 1939 and beyond. By tracing the violent deaths of key public figures during an exceptionally fraught time period the aftermath of World War I Sachar lays bare a much larger history: the gradual moral and political demise of European civilization and its descent into World War II.In his famously arresting prose, Sachar traces the assassinations of Rosa Luxemburg, Kurt Eisner, Matthias Erzberger, and Walther Rathenau in Germany a lethal chain reaction that contributed to the Weimar Republic's eventual collapse and Hitler's rise to power. Sachar's exploration of political fragility in Italy, Austria, the successor states of Eastern Europe, and France completes a mordant yet intriguing exposure of the Old World's lethal vulnerability. The final chapter, which chronicles the deaths of Stefan and Lotte Zweig, serves as a thought-provoking metaphor for the assassination of the Old World itself."...
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The Assassination of Europe, 1918-1942: A Political History Reviews
The Assassination of Europe 1918-1942: A Political History by Howard M Sachar is a history of the Interwar Period in Europe. He earned both his masters and PhD from Harvard and was a professor at Georgetown University for forty years. This is Sachar’s seventeenth book on history and political history. As with a few other people who picked this book up, I was expecting a book on political assassinations. As I started reading the book the assassinations were of leftists and communists. Drawing on the simple black and red cover I thought it was about the anarchist and communist movements in Western Europe. Indeed, post WWI Europe was a dangerous place to be promoting Communism. Then the assassination of Ernst Rohm ended that train of thought. Then there was Trotsky death by Stalin’s order.The book does center around political assassinations in Europe, but it is more than just that. The peace at the end of the war was going to bring democracy, an end to continental empires, and homelands for the minority populations. The League of Nations was going to ensure peace. The world was going to be entering a new era of peace and prosperity. Those grand ideas did not last. France plundered Germany for war reparations. Fascists rose and took over Italy under Mussolini. Democracies feared leftists and communists. Anti Semitism grew, not just in Germany but also France, Eastern Europe and Russia. Eastern European Jews fled their home countries after WWI and moved West. The influx of Jewish immigrants was seen by many as something to fear. That hatred became a leader in Germany. In the Soviet Union there is political assassination and the rise and fall of Trotsky. Stalin and his mass political killings. Vichy France and the German collaborators were another blow to democracy and political freedom. Sachar uses individual assassinations to set the stage for a greater assassination: That of a continent. The assassination of Europe was more than just the death of individuals but of the nations and peoples. The Assassination of Europe is the death of the hope of liberal democracies, peace, and prosperity that men dreamed of after the carnage of WWI. Sachar gives an in depth look in to the undoing of the Europe people wanted. The Great War was not enough to change the governments and selfishness of men. One on one political killing was only the symptom the much bigger problem. An excellent and very scholarly look into the politics of the interwar years.
At first glance this looks like a dry subject but this book provides a different and engrossing approach to the history of twentieth-century Europe that will win over the hard core student as well as the more general reader.The author uses the interesting thread of individual political assassinations to join together the sad story of hope generated by the end of World War 1 and the formation of the League of Nations through to the tragic rise of fascism and communism as well as the poison of anti semitism that was not only a German phenomenon but also infected France, Eastern Europe and Russia. All in all a very readable and novel look into the politics of the inter-war years of Europe.
Literally amazing! Because of author's writing style, I finished it within a few days.
The Assassination of Europe, takes a look at the events after WWI and the treaty at Versailles. You also have the League of Nations which really never gets any support. The author looks at different assassinations in Europe and how when you add all of these events together you are looking at the next war, it is the only conclusion really you can come up with. You had the Bolsheviks Revolution in Russia and then the German Revolution November 1918 to August 1919, and then by 1923 the Nazi, party was in control in Germany. Some of the most powerful people had been assassinated, Rosa Luxemburg, Kurt Eisner, and then in 1921 and 1922, Matthias Erzberger, and Walter Rathenau. Same as what was happening for years in Russia was now going to happen in Germany, the hatred of Jews and they were the cause of the first war and the reason we were having to pay so much and give up land. Should be noted that France and Germany had been fighting for that land for years prior to the war and it always came up in any conversation they had when the leaders meet. While this was happening Mussolini, was taking power in Italy the same way as in other countries killing the opposition scaring the people to not say anything for fear of death. This was happening in Germany. And Russia as well it is just that Germany and Russia did not get along for centuries as well. This is a fascinating book and a truly in depth look into the beginnings of the Second World War a good book with a lot of information. I got this book from net galley.
I was expecting from this book a comprehensive thesis about the role of assassination in modern European culture and its legitimacy in politics, something akin to “Government by Assassination”, a polemical treatise about Imperial Japan by Hugh Byas. In fact the book contains no comparative discussion at all, but treats each case as separate and unique. The text mainly surrounds each of these incidents with uncontroversial background information about area politics and the biographies of each of these figures, telling us, for example, how Hitler grew to hate Jews and how he used violence to consolidate his power. It must have taken no small amount of research to write each of these biographies, but taken together, as stories apparently linked only by their end in assassination, reading can become a bit exhausting. I can only marvel that the author has taken a subject as exciting as assassination and made it into a rather dry historical treatise.This book covers the assassinations of Rosa Luxemberg, Bavarian president Kurt Eisner, socialist leader Erhard Auer, leftist Giacomo Matteotti, Catholic politician Matthias Erzberger, Jewish minister Walther Rathenau, Soviet leader Sergei Kirov, the victims of the “night of long knives”, Leon Trotsky, and several others.
Assassination as political warmakingThe Assassination of Europe, 1918-1942 by Howard M. Sachar (University of Toronto Press, $32.95 paper, $26.95 ebook).Howard M. Sachar, history professor at George Washington University, looks at what Europe had in common in the years between the wars—aside from a Depression, that is—and reveals the power of assassination to shape the nations still reeling from the Great War.Starting with the murder of German Marxist philosopher and revolutionary Rosa Luxemberg in 1919, Sachar shows how the powers that rose in Germany and Italy relied on political assassination to solidify and maintain their hold on power. As his narrative moves through Europe—of course, he can’t pass up on the assassinations conducted in the Soviet Union, but it surprised this reader to see how many of the assassinations in Germany had nothing to do with Hitler—it becomes overwhelming and horrifying to see just how many there were.Sachar makes an incredible point with his documentation: political unrest leads to political murder, and the last ones standing are often simply the most brutal. Reviewed on Lit/Rant: www.litrant.tumblr.com
The Assassination of Europe is an in depth look at influential people who were murdered to pave the way for the political ambitions of those rising to power post WWI, up to the middle of WWII. The author does a good job of setting the stage for each assassination and discusses the main actors in the killings. He also explains the impact of these deaths on the political map of Europe. A readable look into the time post WWI and the climate there that lead to WWII and the subsequent remapping of Europe.