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Published on Jun 19, 2006
Professor Niall Fer presents this new series, boldly billed as 'a major new history of the 20th Century'. Rather than a tale of two world wars and a Cold War, Ferguson claims the century was rather 100 years of constant conflict, the bloodiest era ever. The historian argues that what H.G. Wells forecast in his novel The War of the Worlds has come true - except that the martians are other human beings, different only in race. A quote from a British colonel during World War I - 'The only way to treat the German prisoners is to kill them' - is certainly challenging.