August 1914: France, The Great War, And A Month That Changed The World Forever

Hardcover | August 23, 2016

byBruno CabanesTranslated byStephanie O'hara

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A haunting portrait of France at war

On August 1, 1914, war erupted into the lives of millions of families across France. Most people thought the conflict would last just a few weeks.

Yet before the month was out, twenty-seven thousand French soldiers died on the single day of August 22 alone—the worst catastrophe in French military history. Refugees streamed into France as the German army advanced, spreading rumors that amplified still more the ordeal of war. Citizens of enemy countries who were living in France were viciously scapegoated. Drawing from diaries, personal correspondence, police reports, and government archives, Bruno Cabanes renders an intimate, narrative-driven study of the first weeks of World War I in France. Told from the perspective of ordinary women and men caught in the flood of mobilization, this revealing book deepens our understanding of the traumatic impact of war on soldiers and civilians alike.
 
August 1914 was a finalist for a prestigious French book award, the Prix Fémina for nonfiction, in 2014.

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A haunting portrait of France at war On August 1, 1914, war erupted into the lives of millions of families across France. Most people thought the conflict would last just a few weeks. Yet before the month was out, twenty-seven thousand French soldiers died on the single day of August 22 alone—the worst catastrophe in French military hi...

Bruno Cabanes is the Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History at Ohio State University. Before coming to Ohio State, he taught at Yale University. He is the author of The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918–1924. He lives with his family in Bexley, OH. Stephanie O'Hara is associate professor of French ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300208278

ISBN - 13:9780300208276

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“The First World War has now faded below the horizon of living memory, but in this marvelous book, beautifully written and translated, Bruno Cabanes gives us as vivid a sense as possible of what it was like to be in France during the war’s first month. The sounds, sights and emotions of August, 1914 are all evoked with exceptional skill.”—David A. Bell, author of The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It