The First World War: Volume I: To Arms

Paperback | February 15, 2003

byHew Strachan

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This is the first truly definitive history of the First World War, the war that has done most to shape the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to only a limited range of sources, and their focus was primarily on military events. More recent approaches haveembraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In Hew Strachan's authoritative and readable history these fresh perspectives are incorporated with the military and strategic narrative. The result is an account that breaks the bounds of national preoccupations to become both globaland comparative. To Arms, the first of three volumes in this magisterial study, examines not only the causes of the war and its opening clashes on land and sea, but also the ideas that underpinned it, and the motivations of the people who supported it. It provides full and pioneering accounts of the war's finances,of the war in Africa, and of the Central Powers' bid to widen the war outside Europe.

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This is the first truly definitive history of the First World War, the war that has done most to shape the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to only a limited range of sources, and their focus was primarily on military events. More recent approaches haveembraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and s...

Hew Strachan is a Chichele Professor of Military History, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199261911

ISBN - 13:9780199261918

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Table of Contents

List of MapsIntroduction1. The Origins of the War2. Willingly to War3. The Western Front in 19144. The Eastern Front in 19145. The War in Northern Waters 1914-19156. The War in the Pacific7. The Dark Continent: Colonial Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa8. Turkey's Entry9. Germany's Global Strategy10. Financing the War11. Industrial MobilizationConclusion: The Ideas of 1914BibliographyIndex

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`Strachan's book will be greeted by the guild of his professional colleagues as the monumental achievement it is; his mastery of the output of specialised works on the war defies imagination.'Raymond Carr, Spectator