The Great War and the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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Overview

World War I, the first "total war" in history, set in motion profound changes in the economies, demographics, and philosophies of the warring states. In this book, leading experts on the Great War discuss its causes, character, and legacy. Their writings show that to study World War I is to encounter not only the dissolution of the four defeated empires—Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey—but also the collapse of the optimistic assumption of progress that had defined the nineteenth century. The analysis of the Great War, in fact, provides an essential framework for our understanding of the entire twentieth century. The book draws together military history, international history, and cultural history to offer a wide-ranging summary of current knowledge and debate regarding the First World War.

Contributors to this volume:

Modris Eksteins, Gerald Feldman, William C. Fuller, Jr., Mary R. Habeck, Holger H. Herwig, John Horne, Michael Howard, A. S. Kanya-Forstner, Leonard V. Smith, Zara Steiner, David Stevenson

About the Author:
Jay Winter is reader in modern history at Cambridge University. Geoffrey Parker is professor of history at Ohio State University. Mary R. Habeck is assistant professor of history at Yale University.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book is the culmination of a series of 1994 lectures at Yale University commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and organized by editors Winter (history, Cambridge Univ.), Parker (history, Ohio State Univ.), and Habeck (history, Yale Univ.). Each essay forms a chapter that addresses the social, cultural, economic, or military aspects of the war. Each chapter leads seamlessly into the next, neatly conveying its argument within its given timeframe. The book is more than adequate in explaining the 20th century's opening disaster. Because the causes of World War I are numerous and difficult to understand unless considered in relation to the war's overall context, the reader may appreciate this approach over the straight military history of Barbara Tuchman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns of August. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.--Mark Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300081541
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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