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The First World War
De Groot, Gerard J., 1955-
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Publication Information:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Origins -- Western Front, 1914-17 -- Eastern Front, 1914-17 -- War at sea -- Sideshows and imperial struggles -- 1918 -- Home fronts -- Soldier's war -- Peace of sorts -- Rank stench of those bodies haunts me still.



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This book explains the First World War in a manner the lay person can understand, and the expert will still find intriguing. It covers a broad canvas, but does so with great economy. The origins of the war, both diplomatic and social, are discussed in a particularly illuminating fashion. The reader is then taken through the major battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts, and is in the process given insight into the eventual Allied victory. The war at sea, on the home front and in distant theatres is also carefully examined. There is, in addition, a worm's eye view of the conflict - the war as it was experienced by the men in the trenches.
The book provides a wonderfully clear and sustaining introduction to a conflict usually mired in confusion. The strong narrative drive and lively style make it an easy and enjoyable read. Students will find the book a very good starting point for a study of the war, and lay readers will simply enjoy the clarity and drama it brings to a war which continues to intrigue and torment.

Author Notes

Gerard J. De Groot is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Modern History at the University of St. Andrews.

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Choice Review

That good things frequently come in small packages is well illustrated by De Groot's (Univ. of St. Andrews) slim volume, which in 225 pages provides a fine, balanced history of the "Great War." Eschewing the polemics that still mark much of the historiography of this conflict, De Groot provides both a narrative history of the war and a fair-minded assessment of such important topics as the conduct of the war and the mobilization of the home front. In crisp chapters he discusses the war at sea, the efforts in the colonial world to make peace, and the impact of the war on Western society. One weakness of the volume is its exclusive reliance on English-language sources, although this does not result, as is so often the case, in seeing the war exclusively from a British perspective. The brief bibliography is a good mix of classic studies and modern scholarship. The volume will be of great use both to scholars seeking a reliable summary of the war and to those seeking a starting point for more detailed study; a very useful acquisition for all collections. G. P. Cox Gordon College

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
1 Originsp. 1
2 The Western Front, 1914-17p. 23
3 The Eastern Front, 1914-17p. 49
4 The War at Seap. 72
5 Sideshows and Imperial Strugglesp. 91
6 1918p. 112
7 Home Frontsp. 135
8 The Soldier's Warp. 160
9 A Peace of Sortsp. 181
10 'The Rank Stench of those Bodies Haunts Me Still'p. 200
Appendix Guide to Further Readingp. 207
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217