The First World War: An Eyewitness History

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It began in 1914 as a skirmish between one major power, Austria-Hungary, and the tiny Balkan state of Serbia. Sparked by the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria, it developed within one year into an all-out military conflict involving Russia, Germany, France, Britain, Japan and Turkey. By 1917 even the United States joined in the fighting. The First World War (1914-1918)--known to many as World War I and the Great War--drastically changed the course of European history and forever shaped the world view of warfare itself. The First World War, a volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the war--from memoirs, speeches, letters and newspapers, which illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Among the eyewitness testimonies included are those of Otto von Bismarck, Marshal Joseph Joffre, Lenin, T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Woodrow Wilson and hundreds more. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes three appendixes--which consist of 56 documents, capsule biographies of more than 200 key figures, and five maps--a bibliography, an index and 75 photographs.
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YA-- Accessible primary-source material. Each chapter opens with an overview of the specific time period and/or geographic region being discussed, followed by a chronology of dates before moving to excerpts of speeches, letters, official documents, and newspaper articles relating to that section. Authors vary from famous leaders to privates in the trenches. The appendixes provide documents, maps, and biographical sketches. The index refers to specific people, places, ships, battles, but not to general topics.
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Provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the war--from memoirs, speeches, letters, and newspapers--which illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Includes three appendixes--of documents, capsule biographies, and maps--a bibliography, and 75 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816025527
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Pages: 402
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Europe: 1871 to June 28, 1914 1
2 The Big Crisis and the Outbreak of the War: June 28 to August 4, 1914 31
3 The War in the West: August 4 to the End of 1914 49
4 The Eastern Front: August 1914 to March 1915 67
5 The Mediterranean Area: July 1914 to the End of 1916 81
6 The Western Front: January to December 1915 97
7 The Eastern Front: May 1915 to March 1917 109
8 The Balkans and the Orient: 1914-1918 123
9 The War at Sea: 1914-1918 141
10 The Home Fronts During the War: 1914-1917 167
11 Life of the Soldiers: 1914-1918 183
12 Governments and Diplomacy During the War: 1914-1918 207
13 The Western Front: January 1916 to March 1918 223
14 The Eastern Front, from the Russian Revolution to the End of the War: March 1917 to November 1918 243
15 The West: Germany's Last Great Offensive and Failure: March to November 1918 267
16 The Collapse of the Central Powers: Revolution, Armistice and Peace Treaties: October 1918-1920 287
17 Summary and Outlook 311
Appendix A, Documents 317
Appendix B, Biographies of Major Personalities 367
Appendix C, Maps 385
Bibliography 391
Index 397
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