World War I

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"The Great War," as it is often called, officially began when seven young terrorists smuggled themselves into Bosnia and assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. For four years the battles raged, leaving tens of millions dead and displaced, setting a precedent for modern warfare and its reliance on new forms of technology, and sparking rebellion outside of Europe and the "Great Powers." Across the Atlantic Ocean the populace of the United States was divided on whether or not to become part of the growing battle, ...
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Overview

"The Great War," as it is often called, officially began when seven young terrorists smuggled themselves into Bosnia and assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. For four years the battles raged, leaving tens of millions dead and displaced, setting a precedent for modern warfare and its reliance on new forms of technology, and sparking rebellion outside of Europe and the "Great Powers." Across the Atlantic Ocean the populace of the United States was divided on whether or not to become part of the growing battle, while President Woodrow Wilson set a mandate for neutrality-neutrality made all the more complicated in a world increasingly connected through trade and communication. Although the United States did not officially enter the war until 1917, the impact felt there was great-the war would give rise to a new "lost" generation and inspire significant shifts in culture, literature, race and labor relations, the status of women, and technology, as well as transforming the nation's sentiment regarding future conflicts.

World War I, a volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period-diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts-that illustrate how important historical events appeared to those who lived through them. In addition to firsthand accounts, each chapter includes an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes excerpts from such critical documents as the Zimmermann note, President Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress, and the Covenant of the League from the Versailles Treaty, as well as capsule biographies of 58 key figures, 17 maps, one table, 102 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, a glossary, notes, a bibliography, and an index.

About the Author:
Rodney P. Carlisle is a former chair of the history department at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 10 Up
A comprehensive analysis of the causes, events, and aftermath of the war. Much attention is given to the dynamics that gave rise to the conflict and how the war laid the foundation for further 20th-century strife. The first chapter recounts major themes and events from 1903 to August 1914, and others cover shorter periods through the 1920s: "The Eastern Front and Russia: August 1914-March 1918," "Lost Generation in the 1920s: 1919-1927." Each one opens with a narrative describing the period, follows with a detailed chronology of events, and ends with eyewitness testimony culled from a wide variety of contemporary newspapers, diaries, memoirs, and letters. These primary-source selections are particularly effective at engaging readers and embedding a sense of realism into each chapter. While the text is clear and informative, and is supported by black-and-white photographs, the real strength of this book lies in the wealth and range of information that is appended. Official documents, biographies of major personalities, detailed maps and tables, and a glossary all support the text. Most of the subject matter will overlap with other sources about this oft-covered period, but this comprehensive treatment will be a solid addition to reference shelves.
—Robyn WalkerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816060610
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 464
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     v
Author's Preface     vii
The Spark and the Fuel: 1903-August 1914     1
First Battles and the Western Front Stalemate: August 1914-November 1915     28
The Early War on and beneath the Sea: August 1914-December 1916     59
Gallipoli and Arabia: October 1914-November 1918     83
The Eastern Front and Russia: August 1914-March 1918     114
Debacles on the Western Front: December 1915-December 1916     141
Woodrow Wilson and the Dilemmas of Neutrality: August 1914-January 1917     162
U.S Entry into the War: November 1916-April 1917     192
The Home Front in the United States: April 1917-November 1918     216
The Calculus of Death: January 1917-November 1918     248
The Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles: November 11, 1918-March 4, 1921     276
Lost Generation in the 1920s: 1919-1927     301
Documents     323
Biographies of Major Personalities     366
Maps and Table     405
Glossary     423
Notes     427
Bibliography     428
Index     438
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