These fascinating, never-before-published early diaries of Count Harry Kessler - patron, museum director, publisher, cultural critic, soldier, secret agent, and diplomat - present a sweeping panorama of the arts and politics of Belle Epoque Europe, a glittering world poised to be changed irrevocably by the Great War. Kessler's immersion in the new art and literature of Paris, London, and Berlin unfolds in the first part of the diaries. This refined world gives way to vivid descriptions of the horrific fighting on the Eastern and Western fronts of World War I, the intriguing private discussions among the German political and military elite about the progress of the war, as well as Kessler's account of his role as a diplomat with a secret mission in Switzerland.
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