The First World War (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 5, 2005 - History - 384 pages
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“This serious, compact survey of the war’s history stands out as the most well-informed, accessible work available.” (Los Angeles Times)

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as military historian Hew Strachan argues in this brilliant and authoritative new book, the legacy of the “war to end all wars” is with us still. The First World War was a truly global conflict from the start, with many of the most decisive battles fought in or directly affecting the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than World War II, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world, especially in hot spots like the Middle East and the Balkans.

Strachan has done a masterful job of reexamining the causes, the major campaigns, and the consequences of the First World War, compressing a lifetime of knowledge into a single definitive volume tailored for the general reader. Written in crisp, compelling prose and enlivened with extraordinarily vivid photographs and detailed maps, The First World War re-creates this world-altering conflict both on and off the battlefield—the clash of ideologies between the colonial powers at the center of the war, the social and economic unrest that swept Europe both before and after, the military strategies employed with stunning success and tragic failure in the various theaters of war, the terms of peace and why it didn’t last.

Drawing on material culled from many countries, Strachan offers a fresh, clear-sighted perspective on how the war not only redrew the map of the world but also set in motion the most dangerous conflicts of today. Deeply learned, powerfully written, and soon to be released with a new introduction that commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, The First World War remains a landmark of contemporary history.

  

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User Review  - Andy Veo - Goodreads

Hew Strachan's The First World War is a ten-chapter history of the infamous four-year conflict. The book recounts the causes, figures, battles, tactics, and theaters of the war. Strachan relies on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Young - Goodreads

Good one volume history...dry because it's so condensed perhaps... Read full review

Contents

AN EMPIRE UNDER THREAT
THE JULY CRISIS
MOBILISATION
THE THIRD BALKAN WAR
GERMANYS GUILT?
WAR PLANS
GALLANT LITTLE BELGIUM
THE SHOCK OF BATTLE
UBOAT WAR
THE UNITED STATES ENTERS THE WAR
LIBERALISM UNDER CHALLENGE
REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA
THE NIVELLE OFFENSIVE
THE ENTENTE UNDER STRAIN
THE BOLSHEVIKS SEIZE POWER
GERMANY BETWEEN MILITARISM AND LIBERALISM

THE IDEAS OF 1914
WAR FOR THE WORLD
WAR IN THE FAR EAST
WAR IN AFRICA
THE GERMANOTTOMAN ALLIANCE
THE CAUCASUS
GALLIPOLI
MESOPOTAMIA
EAST PRUSSIA
EASTERN FRONT V WESTERN FRONT
THE GREAT RETREAT
ITALY JOINS THE ENTENTE
SERBIA DEFEATED
TRENCH WARFARE
MUNITIONS PRODUCTION
TACTICAL ADAPTATION
VERDUN AND THE SOMME
THE NORTH SEA
ECONOMIC WARFARE
GERMANYS ALLIES UNDER STRAIN
THE BREAD PEACE
GERMANYS 1918 OFFENSIVES
COALITION WARFARE
THE TOOLS OF VICTORY
THE ENTENTES VICTORIES
VICTORY WITHOUT PEACE
TO ARMS
UNDER THE EAGLE
GLOBAL WAR
JIHAD
SHACKLED TO A CORPSE
BREAKING THE DEADLOCK
BLOCKADE
REVOLUTION
GERMANYS LAST GAMBLE
WAR WITHOUT END
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About the author (2005)

Hew Strachan is the Chichele Professor of the History of War and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. The editor of The Oxford History of the First World War, he is writing a three-volume history of the First World War, the first volume of which was published in 2001 to wide acclaim.

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