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Title:
Ring of steel : Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I
Author:
Watson, Alexander, 1979- , author.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
xv, 787 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary:
A comprehensive analysis of the war efforts of the primary Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary.
General Note:
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2014.
Language:
English
Contents:
Decisions for war -- Mobilizing the people -- War of illusions -- The war of defence -- Encirclement -- Security for all time -- Crisis at the front -- Deprivation -- Remobilization -- U-boats -- Dangerous ideas -- The bread peace -- Collapse -- Epilogue.
ISBN:
9780465018727
Format :
Book

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A prize-winning, magisterial history of World War I from the perspective of the defeated Central Powers
For the Central Powers, the First World War started with high hopes for an easy victory. But those hopes soon deteriorated as Germany's attack on France failed, Austria-Hungary's armies suffered catastrophic losses, and Britain's ruthless blockade brought both nations to the brink of starvation. The Central powers were trapped in the Allies' ever-tightening Ring of Steel.
In this compelling history, Alexander Watson retells the war from the perspective of its losers: not just the leaders in Berlin and Vienna, but the people of Central Europe. The war shattered their societies, destroyed their states, and imparted a poisonous legacy of bitterness and violence. A major reevaluation of the First World War, Ring of Steel is essential for anyone seeking to understand the last century of European history.


Author Notes

Alexander Watson is professor of history at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a college Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and, from 2011-13, a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the University of Warsaw. His first book, Enduring the Great War , won the Fraenkel Prize. Alexander Watson lives in London.