The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War / Edition 1

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Overview


Having a profound influence on the history of the twentieth century, the First World War left an intense legacy that continues to affect both those who lived through it and those who merely read about it in school. It was the first conflict in which airplanes, submarines, and tanks played a significant role and the first in which casualties on the battlefield outnumbered those from disease. It precipitated the collapse of the empires of Austria-Hungary and Turkey, and it promoted revolution in Russia. America's entry into the war and the part it played in the peace settlement signaled the arrival on the world stage of a new great power.

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 strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, the course of the war is charted, and its political and human consequences assessed. 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 Armistice Day. This remarkable book helps us understand that legacy.

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"A remarkable series of essays of a variety of issues raised by the Great War.... Highly recommended for most libraries."--Library Journal

"Editor Strachan has commissioned 20 historians to summarize present thought about the July 1914 crisis, the military course of the war, the social and economic strains it exerted in all the belligerents, and its conclusion in revolutions and treaties. The war shattered illusions of every kind, starting with the belief that it would be brief; the accounts of why it was not are pithily rendered, reinforced by powerful illustrations of the western front's moonscapes, among other scenes of the war. Strachan's writers also assess the war outside Europe and the nascent nationalisms it unleashed. Readers will find this comprehensive work a captivating introduction to the Great War."--Gilbert Taylor in Booklist

"Strachan has chosen wisely, and offers a well-conceived...introduction. In all, a worthwhile contribution to WWI literature."--Kirkus Reviews

"The essays are detailed, scholarly and comprehensive.... A wonderful reference to have in your library."--The Seattle Times

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A series of essays from a variety of perspectives, including the eastern front and portraying the complex roles of women.
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A remarkable series of essays of a variety of issues raised by the Great War.... Highly recommended for most libraries.
Gilbert Taylor
Editor Strachan has commissioned 20 historians to summarize present thought about the July 1914 crisis, the military course of the war, the social and economic strains it exerted in all the belligerents, and its conclusion in revolutions and treaties. The war shattered illusions of every kind, starting with the belief that it would be brief; the accounts of why it was not are pithily rendered, reinforced by powerful illustrations of the western front's moonscapes, among other scenes of the war. Strachan's writers also assess the war outside Europe and the nascent nationalisms it unleashed. Readers will find this comprehensive work a captivating introduction to the Great War.
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The essays are detailed, scholarly and comprehensive.... A wonderful reference to have in your library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192893253
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction, Hew Strachan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    Excellent book

    This book is well written and organized. It is one of the easier to understand books on WW1 and provides great detail. A must for any historian or enthusiast.

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