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Title:
The First World War
Author:
Howard, Michael, 1922-
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xix, 154 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Language:
English
Contents:
Europe in 1914 -- The coming of war -- 1914 : the opening campaigns -- 1915 : the war continues -- 1916 : the war of attrition -- The United States enters the war -- 1917 : the year of crisis -- 1918 : the year of decision -- The settlement -- Appendices : President Wilson's Fourteen Points -- Total war casualties.
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Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy022/2002283851.html
ISBN:
9780192853622
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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 war.


Author Notes

Michael Howard is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at both Oxford and Yale Universities.


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Booklist Review

A distinguished British historian presents the central events of World War I for readers who are curious but unknowledgeable about the conflict. It is comparable in style to the author's recent The Invention of Peace (2001). Succinctly expressive, Howard's style concentrates narrative and interpretation within a few sentences, but a deep historical controversy often lurks behind his concision, such as who was responsible for igniting the war. For those readers who are incredulous that a global conflagration could erupt from an assassination, Howard summarizes how the alliance systems came about, the fears of the nations that contracted them, and the special resentments of a German monarch who embodied "archaic militarism, vaulting ambition, and neurotic insecurity." Just as perplexing, perhaps, is the continuance for four years of trench warfare; once again, Howard compactly explains the slight alterations in tactics that generals believed would achieve a breakthrough, but produced instead the bloodbaths that by 1917^-18 broke armies and entire regimes. Also touching on the war's course in Italy and Eastern Europe, Howard elegantly applies his erudition and judgment to this concise introduction. Gilbert Taylor


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Mapsp. xi
1. Europe in 1914p. 1
2. The Coming of Warp. 18
3. 1914: The Opening Campaignsp. 32
4. 1915: The War Continuesp. 44
5. 1916: The War of Attritionp. 67
6. The United States Enters the Warp. 81
7. 1917: The Year of Crisisp. 96
8. 1918: The Year of Decisionp. 114
9. The Settlementp. 136
Appendices
I. President Wilson's Fourteen Pointsp. 144
II. Total War Casualtiesp. 146
Further Readingp. 147
Indexp. 148