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World War I
     

World War I

by Rodney P. Carlisle
 
"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

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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, 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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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.

Product Details

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

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