C.M. Clark is Regius Professor of History at Cambridge. His books include The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947. (April 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

Deep in the Volcano

To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914–1949

by Ian Kershaw
Between April 6 and October 31, 1913, the city of Ghent in northern Belgium hosted an Exposition universelle et internationale. For this provincial city it was a stupendous effort. The Gent-Sint-Pieters station, still the city’s main railway terminus, and the Central Post Office, with its eclectic mix of Gothic Revival …