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The Oxford illustrated history of the First World War
Strachan, Hew.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1998]

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xii, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
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Originally published as: World War I: a history, 1998.
Origins of the war / Strategy of the Central Powers, 1914-1917 / Manœuvre warfare: the Eastern and Western fronts, 1914-1915 / Strategy of the Entente Powers, 1914-1917 / Balkans, 1914-1918 / Turkey's war / War in Africa / War at sea / Economic warfare / Economic mobilization: money, munitions, and machines / Women, war, and work / Challenge to liberalism: the politics of the home fronts / J.A. Turner -- Eastern front and Western front, 1916-1917 / Mutinies and military morale / War aims and peace negotiations / Propaganda and the mobilization of consent / Socialism, peace, and revolution, 1917-1918 / Entry of the USA into the war and its effects / German victories, 1917-1918 / War in the air / Allied victories, 1918 / Peace settlement / Memory and the Great War
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The First World War was a war of extraordinary intensity and one which has shaped the history of the twentieth century. It was the first conflict in which aeroplanes, submarines, and tanks played a significant role, the first in which casualties on the battlefield outnumbered those fromdisease. The USA's entry into the war and the part it played in the peace settlement signalled the arrival on the world stage of a new great power. The victors at Versailles took nationalism as one of their guiding principles; they also aimed at instituting their vision of liberalism and evendemocracy; the political consequences are still being played out. In this extensively illustrated book, an international team of experts explores the war in all its different aspects. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the human consequences assessed. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the roleof propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider social context of fighting which took place at sea and in the air and which ranged on land from the Flanders trenches to the Balkan mountains and the deserts of the Middle East. While the war was fought on many fronts and in many different ways, the unifying experience of participants was that of the trenches. The legacy of 'the war to end wars' in poetry and prose, in collective memory and political culture is with us still, eighty years after that first ArmisticeDay.

Author Notes

Hew Strachan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His publications include European Armies and the Conduct of War, The Politics of the British Army, and the edited collection (with Michael Rose) The British Army,Manpower and Society into the Twenty-first Century. He is also editor of the journal War in History.

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The original edition, published in 1998 as World War I: A History, helped reconceptualize the war as a truly global conflict, not merely the story of Europe writ large. The essays on Africa, Eastern Europe, the US, Turkey, and the Middle East demonstrated the global impact of the war, and coverage of Asia was amalgamated with other chapters. Updated to coincide with the centennial of WW I, this new title is a testament to the quality of the original contributions--very little revision was required to update most chapters. Four new authors joined the project, either replacing contributors who had died or reflecting the changing historiography, and illustrations were updated. For example, Alexander Watson's chapter on morale demonstrates how prewar concepts of morale as the antidote to firepower morphed into the wartime understanding that soldiers' endurance was the key to continued fighting. Susan Grayzel expertly compares women's urban and rural experiences across national lines and eschews gendered generalizations. Robert Gerwarth's "No End of War" is a completely new contribution and establishes that although the war ended in 1918, fighting continued in many areas. For students, scholars, and those interested in the war. --Frederic Krome, University of Cincinnati--Clermont College

Table of Contents

Hew StrachanSamuel R. Williamson, Jr.L. L. Farrar, Jr.D. E. ShowalterDavid FrenchR. J. CramptonUlrich TrumpenerDavid KillingrayPaul G. HalpernB. J. C. McKercherHew StrachanGail BraybonJ. A. TurnerRobin Prior and Trevor WilsonDavid EnglanderDavid StevensonJ. M. WinterJohn HorneDavid TraskHolger H. HerwigJohn H. Morrow, Jr.Tim TraversZara SteinerModris Eksteins
List of Colour Platesp. vii
List of Mapsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1. The Origins of the Warp. 9
2. The Strategy of the Central Powers, 1914-1917p. 26
3. Manoeuvre Warfare: The Eastern and Western Fronts, 1914-1915p. 39
4. The Strategy of the Entente Powers, 1914-1917p. 54
5. The Balkans, 1914-1918p. 66
6. Turkey's Warp. 80
7. The War in Africap. 92
8. The War at Seap. 104
9. Economic Warfarep. 119
10. Economic Mobilization: Money, Munitions, and Machinesp. 134
11. Women, War, and Workp. 149
12. The Challenge to Liberalism: The Politics of the Home Frontsp. 163
13. Eastern Front and Western Front, 1916-1917p. 179
14. Mutinies and Military Moralep. 191
15. War Aims and Peace Negotiationsp. 204
16. Propaganda and the Mobilization of Consentp. 216
17. Socialism, Peace, and Revolution, 1917-1918p. 227
18. The Entry of the USA into the War and its Effectsp. 239
19. The German Victories, 1917-1918p. 253
20. The War in the Airp. 265
21. The Allied Victories, 1918p. 278
22. The Peace Settlementp. 291
23. Memory and the Great Warp. 305
Further Readingp. 319
Illustration Sourcesp. 347
Indexp. 349