The First World War, Volume 1: To Arms

The First World War, Volume 1: To Arms

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by Hew Strachan
     
 

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This is the first truly definitive history of World War I, the war that has had the greatest impact on the course of the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to a limited range of sources, and they focused primarily on military events. More recent approaches have embraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In this

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This is the first truly definitive history of World War I, the war that has had the greatest impact on the course of the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to a limited range of sources, and they focused primarily on military events. More recent approaches have embraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In this authoritative and readable history, Hew Strachan combines these perspectives with a military and strategic narrative. The result is an account that breaks the bounds of national preoccupations to become both global and comparative.
The first of three volumes in this magisterial study, To Arms 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 pioneering accounts of the war's finances, the war in Africa, and the Central Powers' bid to widen the war outside Europe.

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"Deserves to rank as one of the most impressive books of modern history in a generation. It reflects 20 years of research, and mastery of the literature of many nations....The book addresses every aspect of global conflict—diplomacy, politics, finance, industry, battle on land and at sea, in Europe, Africa, and around the world.....Magnificent."—The London Evening Standard

"Definitive" is a much overused word, but this work merits the term. The first in a three-volume history that explores nearly every aspect of the war, from finance to ideology to diplomacy to armaments, it combines depth with staggering breadth, acute analysis with magisterial narrative."—The Atlantic Monthly

"'Definitive', proclaims the blurb accompanying the first volume of Hew Strachan's magnificent new history of the first world war, and definitive it is. There will be two further volumes...The result will be a scholarly triumph. In a field cluttered with competitors Mr. Strachan will be lengths ahead."—The Economist

"Massive in size and impressive in scope, Strachan's work promises to be the definitive account of the Great War in English." —Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199261918
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1248
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.20(d)

Meet the Author

Hew Strachan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He is also Director of the Scottish Center for War Studies and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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The First World War: Volume I: To Arms 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
v_west More than 1 year ago
The book itself, as a work of history, is excellent and very readable. I have to give the *product* 1 star though as the pictures - of which the book, unlike many histories, has many - are of terrible quality in the ebook version. How this gets by quality control is a mystery to me - but for now I suggest you buy the paper version.
McD53 More than 1 year ago
At times a bit difficult to follow the author's British diction, but all-in-all a good read. The book is packed full of factual accounts which mostly follows the war chronologically. The chapters give much insight to the complex military and diplomatic relationships that were in play at the time that let you understand it was more than just an assassination of Franz Joseph that started the war. Excellent notes and references for further self study if desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm halfway through the book. Although I haven't read Hew Strachen's three part series on WW1, this individual volume seems to be a hurried conglomeration of his other WW1 books. The material is dense and hard to follow at times. Some events are explained in-depth, while others such as the Battle of the Marne are given a couple pages. Although the chapters seem to be arranged in chronological order, each chapter bounces between different theaters of the war, leaving the reader confused. It's really hard to simply pick up this book and begin reading where you stopped the day before. It is not in-depth enough for use as a resource for students, and it is too dense for casual reader.
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This was great..anyway we have own different idea..
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KNEW IT!!! LOL I'M SOOO SMART XD!!!
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Nothing sorry.........
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What?
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Stands there.
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*walks in and puts her stuff down she puls out three daggers and let go of them and then they start levatating and she forces them into the dummies heart.*
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What's dat?
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Shutup kenneth. Me too mkay buh bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok thx *eats the chocolate* i gtg too