The World War I Reader

The World War I Reader

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by Michael S. Neiberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814758320

ISBN-13: 9780814758328

Pub. Date: 12/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

Almost 100 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, World War I continues to be badly understood and greatly oversimplified. Its enormous impact on the world in terms of international diplomacy and politics, and the ways in which future military engagements would evolve, be fought, and ultimately get resolved have been ignored. With this reader of primary

Overview

Almost 100 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, World War I continues to be badly understood and greatly oversimplified. Its enormous impact on the world in terms of international diplomacy and politics, and the ways in which future military engagements would evolve, be fought, and ultimately get resolved have been ignored. With this reader of primary and secondary documents, edited and compiled by Michael S. Neiberg, students, scholars, and war buffs can gain an extensive yet accessible understanding of this conflict. Neiberg introduces the basic problems in the history of World War I, shares the words and experiences of the participants themselves, and, finally, presents some of the most innovative and dynamic current scholarship on the war.

Neiberg, a leading historian of World War I, has selected a wide array of primary documents, ranging from government papers to personal diaries, demonstrating the war’s devastating effect on all who experienced it, whether President Woodrow Wilson, an English doughboy in the trenches, or a housewife in Germany. In addition to this material, each chapter in The World War I Reader contains a selection of articles and book chapters written by major scholars of World War I, giving readers perspectives on the war that are both historical and contemporary. Chapters are arranged chronologically and by theme, and address causes, the experiences of soldiers and their leaders, battlefield strategies and conditions, home front issues, diplomacy, and peacemaking. A time-line, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a substantive introduction by Neiberg that lays out the historiography of World War I round out the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814758328
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Maps
Timeline of Major Events
Brief Biographies of Important Figures Mentioned in the Text
Introduction
Causes
1.1 The Great Illusion
1.2 Germany and the Next War
1.3 The “Willy-Nicky” Telegrams
1.4 The Circus Rider of Europe
1.5 The Army and the Nationalist Revival
Soldiers
2.1 The Good Soldier Schweik
2.2 Her Privates We
2.3 A Soldier’s Notebook
2.4 Officer-Man Relations: The Other Ranks’ Perspective
2.5 “War Enthusiasm”: Volunteers, Departing Soldiers, and Victory Celebrations
2.6 Foch’s General Countero?ensive, Part I
Armageddon
3.1 The Destruction of Louvain
3.2 The Historic First of July
3.3 Between Mutiny and Obedience
3.4 The Live and Let Live System
Home Fronts
4.1 Letters from a Lost Generation
4.2 An English Wife in Berlin
4.3 Home Fires Burning
4.4 The Politics of Race
The End of the War
5.1 The Fourteen Points
5.2 Views on a Prospective Armistice
5.3 The Military Collapse of the German Empire
5.4 Diggers and Doughboys: Australian and American Troop Interaction on the Western Front
Peace
6.1 Peacemaking
6.2 British Diplomacy
6.3 A Peace to End All Peace
6.4 The Kings Depart
Further Reading
Index
About the Editor

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The World War I Reader 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a decent rendering of the many articles outstanding og the Great War. Nothiing more nothing less.