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Title:
The great war, 1914-18
Author:
Tucker, Spencer, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xx, 272 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780253333728

9780253211712
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Book

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This book presents a clearly written narrative for the general reader that concentrates on the military campaigns and turning points. It addresses the dilemmas posed by new technologies and the impact of command decisions to overcome these. The author provides an easy-to-understand, concise analysis of the coming of the war. The book also includes a chapter evaluating the war's impact on the home fronts. And the concluding chapter analyzes the flawed peace settlement that followed the conflict and sets the war in its wider historical context.


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This brief work is an excellent introduction to understanding the idea and the practice of total war in the industrial age. As the first step toward further study or as a clear and easy-to-read refresher course on four of the most brutal years of the 20th century, Tucker's book is highly recommended." --Choice

This packed, encyclopedic military history offers both a clear overview and detailed narrative of military and diplomatic events of the First World War.... Anyone interested in the Great War and its aftermath will find plenty here that goes a long way toward explaining what the war was about, why it happened, and what it meant." --H-Net Reviews

World War I was an event of unprecedented violence and a turning point in history. This book presents a clearly written narrative for the general reader that concentrates on the military campaigns of The Great War. It addresses the dilemmas posed by new technologies and the impact of command decisions to overcome them. The author also provides an easy-to-understand, concise analysis of the events leading to the war and of the flawed peace settlement that came in its wake.


Author Notes

Spencer C. Tucker is a professor of history and holds the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. A graduate of VMI, he served as a captain in Army Intelligence during 1965-1967. He lives in Lexington, VA.


Spencer C. Tucker is a professor of history and holds the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. A graduate of VMI, he served as a captain in Army Intelligence during 1965-1967. He lives in Lexington, VA.


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Choice Review

It is difficult to organize and explain multitudinous and complex events even when length of treatment can be ignored. It is supremely difficult to take those same events and render them into a clear, concise, and understandable exposition within the confines of page limitations. Tucker has attempted the supremely difficult and emerged with masterful results in this account of WW I. His study covers the diplomatic, military, economic, and social aspects of the war, and provides information on the roles of its major and minor participants. He has even managed to include the standard epigrams and bon mots of the Great War. This brief work is an excellent introduction to understanding the idea and the practice of total war in the industrial age. As the first step toward further study or as a clear and easy-to-read refresher course on four of the most brutal years of the 20th century, Tucker's book is highly recommended. All levels. R. D. Ward emeritus, Georgia Southern University


Choice Review

It is difficult to organize and explain multitudinous and complex events even when length of treatment can be ignored. It is supremely difficult to take those same events and render them into a clear, concise, and understandable exposition within the confines of page limitations. Tucker has attempted the supremely difficult and emerged with masterful results in this account of WW I. His study covers the diplomatic, military, economic, and social aspects of the war, and provides information on the roles of its major and minor participants. He has even managed to include the standard epigrams and bon mots of the Great War. This brief work is an excellent introduction to understanding the idea and the practice of total war in the industrial age. As the first step toward further study or as a clear and easy-to-read refresher course on four of the most brutal years of the 20th century, Tucker's book is highly recommended. All levels. R. D. Ward emeritus, Georgia Southern University


Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Background
2 1914: The War of Movement
3 1915: Stalemate and Trench Warfare
4 1916: The Cauldron
5 1917: The Turning Point
6 1918: The End
7 Other Theatres of War
8 The Home Fronts
9 The Peace Lost