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The Great War and the twentieth century
Winter, J. M.
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University, [2000]

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vi, 356 pages ; 22 cm
The First World War reconsidered / Michael Howard -- The Eastern Front / William C. Fuller, Jr. -- The politics of the two alliances / David Stevenson -- Technology in the First World War : the view from below / Mary R. Habeck -- Narrative and identity at the front : "theory and the poor bloody infantry" / Leonard V. Smith -- Mobilizing economies for war / Gerald Feldman -- Labor and labor movements in World War I / John Home -- The war, imperialism, and decolonization / A. S. Kanya-Forstner -- The war, the peace and the international state system / Zara Steiner -- Of men and myths : the use and abuse of history and the Great War / Holger H. Herwig -- The cultural legacy of the Great War / Modris Eksteins.
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A discussion of the causes, character and legacy of World War I, providing a framework for understanding the whole 20th century. The contributors show that World War I meant not only the dissolution of four defeated empires but also the collapse of the optimistic assumption of progress.

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Booklist Review

Despite the passage of eight decades, there are numerous unresolved historical controversies regarding World War I; they include disputes over causes, conducts, and the legacy of the conflict. This anthology of essays does not "settle" these controversies; rather, it illuminates them. Michael Howard goes against the current grain by asserting both the political and moral necessity for the Allied victory. William C. Fuller suggests that a German victory could have prevented the rise of both Nazism and Bolshevism. Leonard V. Smith offers some intriguing insights into the mindset of mutinous soldiers in the trenches. For specialists and readers with good knowledge of the period, these essays are bound to inform and to stimulate further discussion. --Jay Freeman

Library Journal Review

This book is the culmination of a series of 1994 lectures at Yale University commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and organized by editors Winter (history, Cambridge Univ.), Parker (history, Ohio State Univ.), and Habeck (history, Yale Univ.). Each essay forms a chapter that addresses the social, cultural, economic, or military aspects of the war. Each chapter leads seamlessly into the next, neatly conveying its argument within its given timeframe. The book is more than adequate in explaining the 20th century's opening disaster. Because the causes of World War I are numerous and difficult to understand unless considered in relation to the war's overall context, the reader may appreciate this approach over the straight military history of Barbara Tuchman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns of August. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.DMark Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.