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The First World War (2003)

by Hew Strachan

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An excellent, concise history of the First World War. It really explains how it wasn't just a European War and more importantly how it wasn't, for all those Powers involved, a needless or futile war, despite the fashionable notion held today that it was. Recommended. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
Great book. This is a good book if you don't really know how the first world war got started, who the players were, or how it ended. A very good introduction on the war to end all wars ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
Great book. This is a good book if you don't really know how the first world war got started, who the players were, or how it ended. A very good introduction on the war to end all wars ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
Great book. This is a good book if you don't really know how the first world war got started, who the players were, or how it ended. A very good introduction on the war to end all wars ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
Great book. This is a good book if you don't really know how the first world war got started, who the players were, or how it ended. A very good introduction on the war to end all wars ( )
  JoeKingman | Dec 26, 2015 |
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For Pamela and Mungo, who may not have lived through the First World War but have had to live with it.
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In Britain popular interest in the First World War runs at levels that surprise almost all other nations, with the possible exception of France.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143035185, Paperback)

Soon to be a major television series on the Discovery Channel!

Ninety years have 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 and powerfully written, The First World War will stand as a landmark of contemporary history.

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"Ninety years have passed since the outbreak of the First World War, 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. A truly global conflict from the start, the war and many of its most decisive battles were fought in or directly affected the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than the Second World War, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world, especially in hot spots such as the Middle East and the Balkans. Drawing on material culled from many countries, Strachan offers a fresh perspective on how the war not only redrew the map of the world but also set in motion the most dangerous conflicts of today"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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