The Great War1914-1918
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The course of events of the Great War has been told many times, spurred by an endless desire to understand 'the war to end all wars'. However, this book moves beyond military narrative to offer a much fuller analysis of of the conflict's strategic, political, economic, social and cultural impact.
Starting with the context and origins of the war, including assasination, misunderstanding and differing national war aims, it then covers the treacherous course of the conflict and its social consequences for both soldiers and civilians, for science and technology, for national politics and for pan-European revolution.
The war left a long-term legacy for victors and vanquished alike. It created new frontiers, changed the balance of power and influenced the arts, national memory and political thought.
The reach of this acount is global, showing how a conflict among European powers came to involve their colonial empires, and embraced Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, Latin America and the United States.
1. Another Country
2. Guns in August
3. Over by Christmas
4. Widening Horizons
5. Westerners and Easterners
6. New Ways of War
7. Nations in Arms
8. War and the State
9. War and Society
10. War, Politics and Revolution
11. Victors and Vanquished
Military history is still one of the most popular categories in the history market
The book will be used on university courses
Ian Beckett is a leading authority on World War One
He has a good track record of sales, both with the first edition of The Great War and also with his book Ypres
Extremely broad coverage looks at a wide geographical area, all aspects of the conflict and deals with social and cultural as well as military history
Professor Ian F W Beckett is an internationally known and widely published specialist on the British army and the First World War who has taught at both British and American universities.