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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.
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
Posted March 4, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.