Fighting the Great War: A Global History / Edition 1

Fighting the Great War: A Global History / Edition 1

by Michael S. Neiberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674022513

ISBN-13: 9780674022515

Pub. Date: 09/30/2006

Publisher: Harvard

Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history based on the latest research and insights into the soldiers, commanders, battles, and legacies of the Great

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Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history based on the latest research and insights into the soldiers, commanders, battles, and legacies of the Great War.

Tracing the war from Verdun to Salonika to Baghdad to German East Africa, Neiberg illuminates the global nature of the conflict. More than four years of mindless slaughter in the trenches on the western front, World War I was the first fought in three dimensions: in the air, at sea, and through mechanized ground warfare. New weapons systems--tanks, bomber aircraft, and long-range artillery--all shaped the battle environment. Moving beyond the standard portrayal of the war's generals as "butchers and bunglers," Neiberg offers a nuanced discussion of officers constrained by the monumental scale of complex events. Diaries and letters of men serving on the front lines capture the personal stories and brutal conditions--from Alpine snows to Mesopotamian sands--under which these soldiers lived, fought, and died.

Generously illustrated, with many never-before-published photographs, this book is an impressive blend of analysis and narrative. Anyone interested in understanding the twentieth century must begin with its first global conflict, and there is no better place to start than with Fighting the Great War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022515
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : an exchange of telegrams1
1A cruel disillusion : the German invasion and the miracle of the Marne11
2Loosed like wild beasts : the war in Eastern Europe38
3The country of death : stalemate on the Western Front67
4Ordered to die : Gallipoli and the Eastern Fronts95
5Gordian knots : American neutrality and the wars for empire123
6Bleeding France white : the agony of Verdun150
7A war against civilization : the Chantilly offensives and the Somme177
8Driving out the devil : collapse in the east203
9Salvation and sacrifice : American entry, Vimy Ridge, and the Chemin des Dames229
10A few miles of liquid mud : the Battle of Passchendaele254
11Not war as we knew it : the u-boat menace and war in Africa280
12Jerry's turn : the Ludendorff offensives306
13One hundred days to victory : Amiens to the Meuse-Argonne331
Conclusion : an armistice at any price357

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