With the end of the Great War in 1918, millions of people greeted peace with hope and uncertainty, aware they were entering a new era; taking a close-up view, Daniel Schönpflug describes this watershed moment in the experiences of figures who would go on to shape the world. Ho Chi Minh was working as a dishwasher in Paris and dreaming of liberating Vietnam, while Captain Harry S. Truman was running a men's haberdashery in Kansas City. Sculptor Käthe Kollwitz, whose son died in the war, was translating sorrow and loss into art, but George Grosz's painting expressed that life was now meaningless. We also see the times through the eyes of Virginia Woolf, Arnold Schoenberg, Sergeant Alvin York, and Rudolf Höess.
A World On Edge: The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age
Author: Daniel Schönpflug.