Pointillist portrait of WWI
New ‘anti-history’ trails diverse cast of 20 individuals in battle, at home
Military historians make sense of war, transforming the chaos of battle into an intelligible narrative. By necessity, they smooth out rough edges. War as it is written and war as it experienced are different things. In his intriguing new book on the First World War, the Swedish historian and war correspondent Peter Englund is after something different. “The Beauty and The Sorrow’’ is history in the raw, a refreshing look at the war that did so much to shape the last century.