Race to the Front: The Materiel Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great War (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 373 pages
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When war broke out in Europe in 1914, nearly every combatant foresaw a short decisive conflict. Experience would soon prove, however, that this belief was sorely misplaced. Eventually, excessive economic dislocations would topple every authoritarian regime. Only the intervention of the United States would save the British and the French from collapse. This book traces the trilateral struggle between the Entente, the Central Powers, and the United States to determine the outcome of the war. Stubbs focuses on a few essential factors vital to understanding this three-way race: the acquisition of war materiel, food, human resources, and the movement of each.

In an analysis of coalition strategies, it is not enough to study the memoirs and memoranda of General Staffs or political figures engaged in war. One must also examine the roles played by each population, their industries, economy, means of transportation, and the financial decisions that make such strategies possible. In short, the material foundations of war set the boundaries within which strategic maneuvers occur. Ultimately, the United States determined the outcome of the First World War, not simply because it provided the last untapped reservoir of manpower, but due to its overall economic contributions to the allied effort.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Human Resource Mobilization
15
Background and Prewar Conditions
17
August 1914 to February 1916
27
February 1916 to November 1917
43
November 1917 to November 1918
55
Casualties August 1914 to November 1918
63
Economic Resource Mobilization
87
Rails Rivers and Roads 1914 to 1918
167
Coalition Warfare
193
Competing National Interests 1914 to 1918
195
The Entente August 1914 to April 1917
199
The Central Powers August 1914 to April 1917
211
The American Intervention April to December 1917
223
Amalgamation Controversies August 1914 to November 1918
235
American Expeditionary Force
251

Introduction to Economic Mobilization
89
Prewar Economic Conditions
95
Raw Materials Production 1914 to 1918
103
Agricultural Output 1914 to 1918
111
Munitions Production 1914 to 1918
119
Transportation in the Great War
139
Transportation Systems 1914 to 1918
141
Maritime Transportation 1914 to 1918
145
The Rise of American Hegemony
269
German Casualties in 1918
277
Munitions Production
297
Transportation
317
Bibliography
339
Index
363
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KEVIN D. STUBBS is Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. He holds a Ph.D. in Military History from Texas A&M.

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