The Making of the First World War

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The Making of the First World War

Format:  Hardcover,

263 pages

Publisher: Yale Univ Pr

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780300162028

ISBN-10: 0300162022

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Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still. In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today. Focusing on episodes both well known and scarcely remembered, Beckett tells the story of the Great War from a new perspective, stressing accident as much as strategy, the small as well as the great, the social as well as the military, and the long term as much as the short term.

"The Making of the First World War" is global in scope. The book travels from the deliberately flooded fields of Belgium to the picture palaces of Britain's cinema, from the idealism of Wilson's Washington to the catastrophic German Lys offensive of 1918. While war is itself an agent of change, Beckett shows, the most significant developments occur not only on the battlefields or in the corridors of power, but also in hearts and minds. Nor may the decisive turning points during years of conflict be those that were thought to be so at the time. With its wide reach and unexpected conclusions, this book revises--and expands--our understanding of the legacy of the First World War.

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Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780300162028
ISBN-10: 0300162022
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 263
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.38
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Silent Conquerorp. 12
The Widening of the Warp. 31
The Making of a Nationp. 50
The Man and the Hourp. 68
The Power of Imagep. 87
The Death of Kingsp. 106
The Ungentlemanly Weaponp. 125
The Path to Revolutionp. 144
The Shadow of the Bomberp. 162
The Promised Landp. 181
The Moral Imperativep. 200
The Last Throwp. 219
Conclusionp. 238
Notesp. 241
Further Readingp. 250
Indexp. 257

Book description

Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still. In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today. Focusing on episodes both well known and scarcely remembered, Beckett tells the story of the Great War from a new perspective, stressing accident as much as strategy, the small as well as the great, the social as well as the military, and the long term as much as the short term.

The Making of the First World War is global in scope. The book travels from the deliberately flooded fields of Belgium to the picture palaces of Britain's cinema, from the idealism of Wilson's Washington to the catastrophic German Lys offensive of 1918. While war is itself an agent of change, Beckett shows, the most significant developments occur not only on the battlefields or in the corridors of power, but also in hearts and minds.

Nor may the decisive turning points during years of conflict be those that were thought to be so at the time. With its wide reach and unexpected conclusions, this book revises—and expands—our understanding of the legacy of the First World War.

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