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World War I based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gen. S.L.A. Marshall’s “World War I” is a good survey study of the Great War from its inciting spark in Sarajevo through the Versailles Treaty. It consists primarily of narrative with black and white photographs of scenes and individuals involved and maps to aid the readers in understanding the course of battles. I feel that the significant facts of the War are covered albeit with the speed necessary to get through the War in under 500 pages. Although I have read a fair amount about World War I, I did learn things from this book that I did not remember from other works. I think author S. L. A. Marshall did a good job in illustrating the modifications Moltke made to the Schlieffen Plan. He brought out the lack of fertilizer as of greater importance to Germany than lack of food, made me more aware of the continuing British concern of rebellion in Ireland after the Easter Uprising and made the peace process, both on the Russian Front and at the conclusion of the War more understandable. This book is dated based on writing style, photographs and illustrations and I found Jon Keegan’s “The First World War” (see my review) to be more satisfying, but Marshall’s tome remains a worthwhile read. Historians interpret history through their own eyes, hence a fuller view is obtained by reading histories written over time. I have been trying to study World War I during the Centennial and “World War I” has served as a good refresher. I would not recommend it as a first overall history but after you have been introduced to the Great War and have read some more specialized volumes, a book like this is helpful to pull it all together and put it into context.