The First World War: Volume I: To Arms

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OUP Oxford, Feb 6, 2003 - History - 1248 pages
This is the first truly definitive history of the First World War, the war that has done most to shape the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to only a limited range of sources, and their focus was primarily on military events. More recent approaches have embraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In Hew Strachan's authoritative and readable history these fresh perspectives are incorporated with the military and strategic narrative. The result is an account that breaks the bounds of national preoccupations to become both global and comparative. To Arms, the first of three volumes in this magisterial study, examines not only the causes of the war and its opening clashes on land and sea, but also the ideas that underpinned it, and the motivations of the people who supported it. It provides full and pioneering accounts of the war's finances, of the war in Africa, and of the Central Powers' bid to widen the war outside Europe.
 

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Contents

LIST OF MAPS
INTRODUCTION
1THE ORIGINS OF THE WAR
AUSTRIAHUNGARY AND THE BALKANS
THE JULY CRISIS
2WILLINGLYTO WAR
SOCIALISM AND THE INTERNATIONAL
THE IMAGININGS OF INTELLECTUALS
SOUTHWEST AFRICA
EAST AFRICA 19141915
EAST AFRICA 19161918
8TURKEYsENTRY
TURKEYs DECISION TO JOIN THE CENTRALPOWERS
TURKEYs CAPACITY FOR WAR
9GERMANYsGLOBAL STRATEGY
THE CAUCASUS 19141915

POPULAR RESPONSES
THE BATTLE OF THE FRONTIERS
PROBLEMS AND SOME SOLUTIONS
3THEWESTERN FRONTIN 1914
THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE
FROM THE AISNE TO THE YSER
4THEEASTERN FRONT IN 1914
EAST PRUSSIA
SERBIA
GALICIA
POLAND
5THE WAR IN NORTHERN WATERS 19141915
THE NORTH SEA 19141915
6WAR IN THE PACIFIC19141917
JAPAN ENTERS THE WAR
THE CRUISE OF THE GERMAN EAST ASIATICSQUADRON
EMPIRE IN THE PACIFIC
COLONIAL CONFLICT INSUBSAHARAN AFRICA
TOGOLAND
THE CAMEROONS
SUEZ EGYPT AND LIBYA
FRENCH NORTH AFRICA
PERSIA AND AFGHANISTAN
INDIA
10FINANCINGTHE WAR
THE GOLD STANDARD
FINANCIAL MOBILIZATION
THE LOSS OF BUDGETARY CONTROL
TAXATION
DOMESTIC BORROWING
FOREIGN BORROWING
11INDUSTRIAL MOBILIZATION
THE SHORTWAR ILLUSION
RAW MATERIALS MUNITIONS PRODUCTION AND THE CENTRAL POWERS 19141916
THE MUNITIONS CRISIS AND THE ENTENTE 19141916
THEIDEAS OF 1914
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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