World War I: A Short History / Edition 2by Michael J. J. Lyons, Michael J. Lyons
With unusual clarity and "from the trenches" insights, this book explores in detail the complexities of the origins, course, and momentous effects of World War I. It focuses not only on the grand scale of the war, but on its everyday realities for the common soldier and the civilian populations on the Western, Eastern, and other fronts. Explores/b>/b>… See more details below
With unusual clarity and "from the trenches" insights, this book explores in detail the complexities of the origins, course, and momentous effects of World War I. It focuses not only on the grand scale of the war, but on its everyday realities for the common soldier and the civilian populations on the Western, Eastern, and other fronts. Explores the military and non-military aspects of the War and its causes. Synthesizes various analyses and interpretations of the many controversies of the war. Includes insights from the most recent literature on the role of women in the conflict; the war in the air; the Armenian Genocide; the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand; Total War and the Home Fronts. Contains a graphic, in-depth account of the appalling existence of soldiers at the front -- including not only the horrors of battle, but the oppressive psychological impact of life in the trenches. Features a large number of maps and lively biographical sketches of important figures. For anyone interested in World War I, Military History, 20th Century Europe.
Table of Contents
1. Europe Before 1914: The Political, Social, and Economic Setting.
2. The Great Powers and the Growth of Tension.
3. The Explosive Balkans.
4. The July Crisis and the Outbreak of War.
5. Great Expectations: War Plans and the Short War Illusion.
6. 1914: Deadlock on the Western Front.
7. 1914: Deadlock on the Eastern Front.
8. 1915: The Western Front and Gallipoli.
9. 1915: Stalemate in the South, Allied Disaster in the East.
10. 1916: The Hell of Verdun and the Somme.
11. 1916: Attrition in the South and East.
12. The War at Sea and in the Air.
13. War Aims and Total War.
14. Total War and the Home Fronts.
15. The Russian Revolutions.
16. The United States Enters the War.
17. 1917: Crisis for the Allies.
18. The War Outside Europe.
19. 1918: Germany's Last Bid for Victory.
20. 1918: Collapse of the Central Powers.
21. The Postwar Settlement.
22. The Troubled Aftermath.
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