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Wilf Woods | If only they could’ve seen where it would all lead …

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The Road to 1914 is the subtitle of Margaret MacMillan’s new book, “The War that Ended Peace.” She describes the turn-of-century European politics, with ineffective kings and crumbling Balkan societies and early talk of war.

There were socialist parties and attempts to organize for peace, but nationalism foiled cross-country lines.

The book is wordy at 650 pages. The author spares no details of the naval race between Germany and Britain, nor the military buildup overall. None of them seemed to…

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