Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and Strategy 1914-1918

Rewriting the First World War: Lloyd George, Politics and Strategy 1914-1918

by Andrew Suttie


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This book assesses Lloyd George's attempt to shape the history of 1914-18 through his War Memoirs. His account of the British conduct of the war focused on the generals' incompetence, their obsession with the Western Front, and their refusal to consider alternatives to the costly trench warfare in France and Belgium. Yet as War Minister and Prime Minister Lloyd George presided over the bloody offensives of 1916-17, and had earlier taken a leading role in mobilising industrial resources to provide the weapons which made them possible. Rewriting the First World War examines how Lloyd George addressed this paradox.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349542611
Publisher: Springer Nature Customer Service Center LLC
Publication date: 12/16/2005
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

ANDREW SUTTIE has taught politics and history at universities in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia, and is currently a public servant living in Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Introduction Writing the War Memoirs 1931-1936 'Pandemomium let loose': The Outbreak of War 1914 Strategic Dilemmas 1914-1915 Munitions 1914-1916 'To a Knock-out': War Office and Political Crisis 1916 The Nivelle Offensive 1917 'The Campaign of the Mud': Third Ypres 1917 The Western Front in 1918 Russia: War and Revolution 1914-1918 Conclusion Bibliography Index

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