The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War

Paperback | April 14, 2015

byPeter Hart

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Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by The EconomistWorld War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. Millions died; empires collapsed; new ideologies and political movements arose; poison gas, warplanes, tanks, submarines, and other technologies appeared. "Total war" emerged as a grim, mature reality. In The Great War, Peter Hart provides a masterful combat history of this global conflict. Focusing on the decisive engagements, Hart explores the immense challenges faced by the commanders on all sides. He surveys the belligerent nations, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and strategicimperatives. Russia, for example, was obsessed with securing an exit from the Black Sea, while France - having lost to Prussia in 1871, before Germany united - constructed a network of defensive alliances, even as it held a grudge over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine. Hart offers deft portraits of thecommanders, the prewar plans, and the unexpected obstacles and setbacks that upended the initial operations.

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Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by The EconomistWorld War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. Millions died; empires collapsed; new ideologies and political movements arose; poison gas, warplanes, tanks, submarines, and other technologies appeared. "Total war" emerged as a grim, mature realit...

Peter Hart is Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum in London. He is the author of The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front, 1918: A Very British Victory, Gallipoli, and Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190227354

ISBN - 13:9780190227357

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Road to War2. The Western Front, 19143. The Eastern Front, 19144. The Sea War, 1914-155. The Western Front, 19156. The Eastern Front, 19157. Gallipoli, 19158. Salonika, 1915-189. The Western Front, 191610. The Eastern Front, 191611. The Sea War, 191612. Mesopotamia, 1914-1813. The Eastern Front, 1917-1814. The Sea War, 1917-1815. Western Front, 191716. Italy 1915-1817. Palestine, 1915-1818. The Western Front, 191819. A World Without War?

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"Hart demonstrates an admirable command of the subject matter and offers a compelling case for the lasting impact of the 'unwaking nightmare that was WWI.'" --Publishers Weekly