The Cambridge History of the First World War

The Cambridge History of the First World War

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This first volume of The Cambridge History of the First World War provides a comprehensive account of the war's military history. An international team of leading historians charts how a war made possible by globalization and imperial expansion unfolded into catastrophe, growing year by year in scale and destructive power far beyond that which anyone had anticipated in 1914. Adopting a global perspective, the volume analyses the spatial impact of the war and the subsequent ripple effects that occurred both regionally and across the world. It explores how imperial powers devoted vast reserves of manpower and material to their war efforts and how, by doing so, they changed the political landscape of the world order. It also charts the moral, political and legal implications of the changing character of war and, in particular, the collapse of the distinction between civilian and military targets.
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  • Hardback | 771 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 50mm | 1,419.98g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 64 colour illus. 30 maps
  • 0521763851
  • 9780521763851
  • 1,159,426

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'... both scholarly and deftly drafted, a joy to read. It provides broad as well as deep analysis of just about every conceivable facet of this global catastrophe. It deserves close reading and contemplation.' Len Shurtleff, World War One Historical Association
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About Dr Jay Winter

Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, Connecticut. He came to Yale from the University of Cambridge, where he took his doctorate and where he taught history from 1979 to 2001 and was a Fellow of Pembroke College. He is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995); Remembering War (2006) and Dreams of Peace and Freedom (2006). In 1997, he received an Emmy award for the best documentary series of the year as co-producer and co-writer of 'The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century', an eight-hour series broadcast on PBS and the BBC, and shown subsequently in 28 countries. He is one of the founders of the Historial de la grande guerre, the international museum of the Great War, in Peronne, Somme, France. His biography of Rene Cassin, written with Antoine Prost and published in French in 2011, was published in an English edition by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
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Table of contents

Introduction to Volume 1 Jay Winter; Part I. A Narrative History: Introduction to Part I Jay Winter; 1. Origins Volker Berghahn; 2. 1914: outbreak Jean-Jacques Becker and Gerd Krumeich; 3. 1915: stalemate Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau; 4. Total war Robin Prior; 5. 1917: global war Michael Neiberg; 6. 1918: endgame Christoph Mick; 7. 1919: aftermath Bruno Cabanes; Part II. Theatres of War: Introduction to Part II Robin Prior; 8. The Western Front Robin Prior; 9. The Eastern Front Holger Afflerbach; 10. The Italian Front Nicola Labanca; 11. The Ottoman Front Robin Prior; 12. The war at sea Paul Kennedy; 13. The air war John Morrow; 14. Command and strategy Gary Sheffield and Steve Badsey; Part III. World War: Introduction to Part III Jay Winter and John Horne; 15. The imperial framework John Morrow; 16. Africa Bill Nasson; 17. The Ottoman Empire Mustafa Aksakal; 18. Asia Guoqi Xu; 19. North America Jennifer Keene; 20. Latin America Olivier Compagnon; Part IV. Rules of Engagement, Laws of War and War Crimes: Introduction to Part IV Annette Becker and Annie Deperchin; 21. Atrocities and war crimes John Horne; 22. Genocide Hans-Lukas Kieser and Donald Bloxham; 23. The laws of war Annie Deperchin; 24. Visual essay: global war Jay Winter.
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