The First World War: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2007

byMichael Howard

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By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This iVery Short Introduction/i provides a concise and insightful history of the 'Great War', focusing on why it happened, how it was fought,and why it had the consequences it did. It examines the state of Europe in 1914 and the outbreak of war; the onset of attrition and crisis; the role of the US; the collapse of Russia; and the weakening and eventual surrender of the Central Powers. Looking at the historical controversies surrounding the causes and conduct of war, MichaelHoward also describes how peace was ultimately made, and the potent legacy of resentment left to Germany.

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By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This iVery Short Introduction/i provides a concise and insightful history of the 'Great War', focusing on why it happened, how it was fought,and why it had the consequences it did. It e...

Sir Michael Howard CH is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at both Oxford and Yale Universities. His many books include iThe Causes of Wars/i, iWar in European History/i,i The Lessons of History/i, iThe Invention of Peace/i, iThe Oxford History of the Twentieth Century/i (edited with W. R. Louis), iWar and the Liberal Conscience/i,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199205590

ISBN - 13:9780199205592

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Table of Contents

1. Europe in 19142. The Coming of War3. 1914: The Opening Campaigns4. 1915: The War Continues5. 1916: The War of Attrition6. The United States Enters the War7. 1917: The Year of Crisis8. 1918: The Year of Decision9. The SettlementAppendix I: President Wilson's Fourteen PointsAppendix II: Total War CasualtiesFurther Reading

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`Professor Sir Michael Howard, . . ., is our best living military historian, and perhaps also strategic thinker. His new work is a masterly introduction to the Great War, desgined for those with no previous knowldge of the subject. . . . Any new student who reads Michael Howard should go on toaddress the first volume of Hew Strachan's huge new work on the same theme. There is great wisdom in both books, and wisdom on this subject is in short supply.'Sunday Telegraph