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作       者:Michael Knox Beran

出  版  社:Free Press

出版时间:2007-10-16

字       数:105.7万

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In the space of a single decade, three leaders liberated tens of millions of souls, remade their own vast countries, and altered forever the forms of national power: Abraham Lincoln freed a subjugated race and transformed the American Republic. Tsar Alexander II broke the chains of the serfs and brought the rule of law to Russia. Otto von Bismarck threw over the petty Teutonic princes, defeated the House of Austria and the last of the imperial Napoleons, and united the German nation. The three statesmen forged the empires that would dominate the twentieth century through two world wars, the Cold War, and beyond. Each of the three was a revolutionary, yet each consolidated a nation that differed profoundly from the others in its conceptions of liberty, power, and human destiny. Michael Knox Beran's Forge of Empires brilliantly entwines the stories of the three epochal transformations and their fateful legacies. Telling the stories from the point of view of those who participated in the momentous events - among them Walt Whitman and Friedrich Nietzsche, Mary Chesnut and Leo Tolstoy, Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie - Beran weaves a rich tapestry of high drama and human pathos. Great events often turned on the decisions of a few lone souls, and each of the three statesmen faced moments of painful doubt or denial as well as significant decisions that would redefine their nations. With its vivid narrative and memorable portraiture, Forge of Empires sheds new light on a question of perennial importance: How are free states made, and how are they unmade? In the same decade that saw freedom's victories, one of the trinity of liberators revealed himself as an enemy to the free state, and another lost heart. What Lincoln called the "germ" of freedom, which was "to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind", came close to being annihilated in a world crisis that pitted the free state against new philosophies
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Cover

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Contents

Note to the Reader

Prologue: Three Deaths

Part One: Into the Pit

Chapter 1: Three Peoples on the Precipice

Chapter 2: Rebels Born

Chapter 3: Thrust and Counter-Thrust

Chapter 4: To Proclaim Liberty to the Captives

Chapter 5: Mobilization

Chapter 6: Violence

Chapter 7: A Whiff of Powder

Chapter 8: Used-Up Men

Chapter 9: Preparations for the Death Struggle

Chapter 10: “Periculum in Mora”

Chapter 11: Trump Cards

Chapter 12: “God has Decided the Question”

Chapter 13: The Scent of Freedom

Chapter 14: “Bad Times, Worse Coming”

Part Two: He Revolutions at their Height

Chapter 15: “Whoever has the Power”

Chapter 16: “This Horrible Massacre of Men”

Chapter 17: Dust Unto Dust

Chapter 18: Fighters for the Future

Chapter 19: That a Nation Might Live

Chapter 20: The Valiant Men

Chapter 21: Power and Enchantment

Chapter 22: Muffled Drums

Chapter 23: Shame

Chapter 24: “Better to Die”

Chapter 25: The Bloodletting

Part Three: Freedom and Terror

Chapter 26: Towards the Abyss

Chapter 27: Unripe Fruit

Chapter 28: The Viper Casts its Skin

Chapter 29: Dead or Victorious

Chapter 30: “Déchéance! Déchéance!”

Chapter 31: Vinum Daemonum

Chapter 32: “You Have a New World”

Epilogue: The Ordeal of Liberty

Abbreviations in Notes and Sources

Notes and Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Author

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