The Great War: An Imperial History / Edition 1

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Overview

The Great War is a landmark history that firmly places the First World War in the context of imperialism. Set to overturn conventional accounts of what happened during this, the first truly international conflict, it extends the study of the First World War beyond the confines of Europe and the Western Front.

By recounting the experiences of people from the colonies especially those brought into the war effort either as volunteers or through conscription, John Morrow's magisterial work also unveils the impact of the war in Asia, India and Africa.

From the origins of World War One to its bloody (and largely unknown) aftermath, The Great War is distinguished by its long chronological coverage, first person battle and home front accounts, its pan European and global emphasis and the integration of cultural considerations with political.

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'Morrow is an excellent military historian who follows quite strictly the war's events on the various fronts, revealing the colonial effort in troops and economics.' - Prof. Annette Becker, The Times Educational Supplement
Foreign Affairs
Morrow examines World War I as a global conflict among the empires created by western European nations. He accordingly devotes much of his attention to the fighting that took place outside of Europe, including the role of soldiers drawn from colonies and the many manifestations of racism by the colonial powers' armies. He also conveys the tremendous magnitude of the tragedy by examining the domestic dislocation caused by the war. Given such a large scale, it is not surprising that Morrow's characterizations of individuals are sometimes too summary and his generalizations too sweeping; for example, it is not exactly true that, in 1914, all European powers were equally nationalist, racist, imperialist, and war-obsessed. Although "aggression and fear" may well have "saturated the entire imperial world view," this does not mean that the desire to expand empires around the globe was the main cause of the war. These flaws are less important, however, than Morrow's success in conveying the global dimension and internal effects of a war waged on a scale previously unknown, with consequences that are still very much with us, in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415204392
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note Introduction Part 1: 1. War, the Liberator 2. Patriotic War 3. Inevitable War 4. Imaginary War 5. 'War on War' 6. War is Declared Part 2: 7. From Movement to Stagnation 8. Strong Points and Weak Points 9. Verdun and the Great Battles 10. Cannon Fodder and the New Art of War 11. Styles of War: Direct and Indirect 12. World War and Total War 13. The Possible and the Impossible Part 3: 14. Tensions New and Old 15. Crises of War 16. Revolutionary Peace, Compromise Peace, Victorious Peace Part 4: 17. Between War and Crusade 18. The Illusions of Victory Select Bibliography Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Fresh Perspective

    I'm no stranger to books on WWI, but the brilliant thing about this book is that its scope isn't limited to the war in Europe -- the perspective is global and also approaches the subject in the context of colonialism, a rare approach that is long overdue. Very well written and should appeal to the scholar and layman alike.

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