The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War: New Edition

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Hew Strachan
OUP Oxford, Apr 24, 2014 - History - 416 pages
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The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live, and its legacy lives on, in poetry, in prose, in collective memory and political culture. By the time the war ended in 1918, millions lay dead. Three major empires lay shattered by defeat, those of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottomans. A fourth, Russia, was in the throes of a revolution that helped define the rest of the twentieth century. The Oxford History of the First World War brings together in one volume many of the most distinguished historians of the conflict, in an account that matches the scale of the events. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, they chart the course of the war and assess its profound political and human consequences. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider context of the fighting at sea and in the air, and which ranged on land from the trenches of Flanders to the mountains of the Balkans and the deserts of the Middle East. First published for the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, this highly illustrated revised edition contains significant new material to mark the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Origins of the War
11
The Strategy of the Central Powers 19141917
28
Manoeuvre Warfare The Eastern and Western Fronts 19141915
39
The Strategy of the Entente Powers 19141917
54
The Balkans 19141918
66
Turkeys War
80
The War in Africa
92
War Aims and Peace Negotiations
204
Propaganda and the Mobilization of Consent
216
Socialism Peace and Revolution 19171918
226
The Entry of the USA into the War and its Effects
238
The German Victories 19171918
252
The War in the Air
264
The Allied Victories 1918
277
The Peace Settlement
290

The War at Sea
103
Economic Warfare
119
Economic Mobilization Money Munitions and Machines
134
The Role of Women in the War
149
The Challenge to Liberalism The Politics of the Home Fronts
163
Eastern Front and Western Front 19161917
179
Mutinies and Military Morale
191
No End to War
304
Memory and the Great War
317
MAPS
331
FURTHER READING
341
ILLUSTRATION SOURCES
363
INDEX
367
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Sir Hew Strachan was born in Edinburgh in 1949, and was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow between 1975 and 1992. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow between 1992 and 2001, and founded its Scottish Centre for War Studies. From 2002 to 2015 he was Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College, and between 2003 and 2012 he directed the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. Since 2015 he has been Professor of International Relations at St Andrews University.

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