The First World War

The First World War

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This book is an insightful narrative history, focusing on why the First World War occurred, how it was fought, and why it had the consequences it did. It examines in turn the state of Europe in 1914 and the outbreak of war; the onset of attrition in 1915 and the extension of the war; the 'crisis of the war' (1917-18), the collapse of Russia and the weakening and eventual surrender of the Central Powers; the making of peace; and the historical controversies surrounding the causes and conduct of more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 139.2 x 193 x 12.4mm | 235.87g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 maps and numerous halftones
  • 0192804456
  • 9780192804457

Table of contents

1. Europe in 1914; 2. The Coming of War; 3. The Campaigns of 1914; 4. 1915: The War Continues; 5. 1916: The War of Attrition; 6. The United States Enters the War; 7. 1917: The Year of Crisis; 8. 1918: The Year of Victory; 9. The Settlement; Annexe A: President Wilson's Fourteen Pointsshow more

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"The best concise introduction to and overview of World War I."--Military Heritage"A concise, credible, lucid account of the causes, battles, politics, and consequences of the Great War. Howard compresses a mass of material, theory, and argument. His ambition, he states, is merely to introduce. But he does far more; he also engages and educates.... Demonstrates with clarity, craft, and precision that even in scholarship less can be more."--Kirkus Reviews"Succintly expressive, Howard's style concentrates narrative and interpretation within a few sentences, but a deep historical controversy often lurks behind his conclusion, such as who was responsible for igniting the war....Howard elegantly applies his erudition and judgement to this concise introduction."--Booklistshow more

About Michael Howard

Sir Michael Howard has held the Chair of War Studies at King's College London, the Chichele Chair of History of War, and the Regius Chair of Modern History at Oxford, and the Robert A. Lovett Chair of Military and Naval History at Yale. His works include The Franco-Prussian War, The Causes of Wars, War and the Liberal Conscience, The Lessons of History, and War in European more

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