Book Review: 1920: A Year of Global Turmoil


06 April 2020
By David Charlwood

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One of the things about wars that is usually underreported, is how the various countries involved recover afterwards. WWI didn't have a clean end on 11 November 1918, as portrayed in the media, Britain carried on fighting in Russia in 1919 and the Russians themselves were fighting the Poles in 1920. Now, 100 years later, David Charlwood vividly tells the story of the state of the world after WWI, with a populist, politician in the US, conflict in the Middle East and rebellion in India. In four main parts, the author skips around Europe, from the secret negotiations of politicians carving up gains from victory, to securing oil pipelines to the middle east. You can’t help but feel that these events have repeated themselves down the years and that the greed of those in power means nothing is learnt from the past. This is an eye-opening, sweeping account of the world as it was, 100 years ago, that was, depressingly, very similar to how it is now.

• Pen and Sword
• ISBN 978-1-5267-2965-1
• 292 pages • Hardback • £25

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Reviewed in The Armourer April 2020 issue

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