World War I: A History

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Hew Strachan, Professor of the History of War and Fellow Director Oxford Program on the Changing Character of War Hew Strachan
Oxford University Press, 1998 - History - 356 pages
The First World War has shaped the history of the twentieth century. It was the first conflict in which aeroplanes, submarines, and tanks played a significant role, the first in which casualties on the battlefield outnumbered those from disease. It precipitated the collapse of the empires ofAustria-Hungary and Turkey, and it promoted revolution in that of Russia. The USA's entry into the war and the part it played in the peace settlement signalled the arrival on the world stage of a new great power. The victors at Versailles took nationalism as one of their guiding principles; theyalso aimed at instituting their vision of liberalism and even democracy; the political consequences are still being played out.In this extensively illustrated book, an international team of experts explores the war in all its different aspects. 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, the course of the war is charted andits political and human consequences assessed. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider social context of fighting which took place at sea and in the air and which ranged on land from the Flanders trenches to theBalkan mountains and the deserts of the Middle East.While the war was fought on many fronts and in many different ways, the unifying experience of participants was that of the trenches. The legacy of `the war to end wars' -- in poetry and prose, in collective memory and political culture -- is with us still, eighty years after that first ArmisticeDay.

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A solid yet concise illustrated history of the Great War by a team of international scholars. Oxford has set the standard in illustrated histories, and this one doesn—t disappoint. Though hardly ... Read full review

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Strachan (modern history, Univ. of Glasgow; The Politics of the British Army, Oxford Univ., 1997), most familiar from his work in the London Times, has collected a remarkable series of essays on a ... Read full review


The Origins of the War
The Strategy of the Central Powers 19141917
The Eastern and Western Fronts
The Strategy of the Entente Powers 19141917
The Balkans 19141918
The War in Africa
The War at Sea
The Politics of
Mutinies and Military Morale
War Aims and Peace Negotiations
Socialism Peace and Revolution 19171918
19 The German Victories 19171918
The Allied Victories 1918
The Peace Settlement
Memory and the Great War

9 Economic Warfare
Money Munitions and Machines
Women War and Work
Further Reading
Illustration Sources

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About the author (1998)

Hew Strachan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Politics of the British Army (OUP, 1997).

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