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Description - The First World War by Geoffrey Jukes

More than 80 years on, the First World War continues to fascinate. This volume, with a new foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting in all theatres of the war, detailing Russia's humiliation at Tannenberg: great battles such as the Somme, Verdun and Ypres; and memorable campaigns and battles in Palestine and Italy. The lives of soldiers and civilians caught up in the struggle are explored through first hand accounts, offering a moving and very personal insight into the horrors of war. Combining Essential Histories 13, 14, 22 and 23, this great value special edition explores the causes, events and effects of the First World War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841767383
ISBN-10: 1841767387
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 170mm x 25mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » A well-conceived and lucidly written survey of the 20th century's first great bloodletting, with close attention to little-known episodes in and preceding the conflict. The First World War was preeminently a conflict between England and Germany over control of the sea, and consequently of European trade-a clash of Weltpolitik and Empire, as it were. Germany, writes Strachan (History/Oxford Univ.; World War I, 1999), challenged the "status quo in three ways: colonial, naval, and economic"; but that challenge does not translate to responsibility for the outbreak of the war, which in any event involved many other nations, many rivalries and grudges, and many little martial sparks that added up to one big conflagration. (For a time, Strachan observes, Austro-Hungarians hoped that the fire could be contained in a decisive Third Balkan War, meant to settle Serbia's hash once and for all.) Strachan notes that although the war was global, with theaters in Asia and Africa, our conception and images of it center on Europe-and even then only on the bloody trenches that cut across the continent. He also remarks that the standard histories forget the "war's other participants," apart from the soldiers: namely, "diplomats and sailors, politicians and laborers, women and children." Even in places where the war hit hardest-oddly, England suffered more losses in the First than the Second World War-it's in danger of being lost to memory, and Strachan's overview brings into sharp focus the proximate causes and critical moments of the conflict, from the well-known (Jutland, the Somme) to the comparatively little studied (the abortive English invasion of German-held Cameroon, the savage campaigns in the Alps). The war ended with an astonishing toll: more than 800,000 German soldiers in the spring of 1918 alone, followed by the deaths of many more due not to Allied bullets but to the arrival of the Spanish flu that summer. Heavily illustrated with maps and period photographs: the best single-volume treatment of the conflict in recent years. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Geoffrey Jukes

After leaving Oxford in 1953 Geoffrey Jukes spent 14 years in the UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Colonial Office, specialising in Russian/Soviet military history, strategy and arms control. From 1967 to 1993 he was also on the staff of the Australian National University. Peter Simkins worked at the Imperial War Museum for over 35 years and was its Senior Historian from 1976 until his retirement in 1999. Awarded the MBE that year for his services to the Museum, he is currently Honorary Professor in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Michael Hickey joined the army in 1947 and served in Korea, East Africa, Suez and Aden. Before his retirement in 1981 he was Colonel GS Ministry of Defence. In 2000 he was awarded the Westminster medal for Military Literature.

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