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The First World War was a watershed in world history. Tragic but far from futile, its origins, events and legacy have roused impassioned debate, creating multiple interpretations and confusion for those encountering the period for the first time.
Synthesising the latest scholarship, acclaimed historian Gary Sheffield cuts to the heart of the conflict. He explores such key issues as:
- the causes of war - the great battles on land, sea and in the air - the search for the peace and peace settlements - the political, social and economic consequences - the impact of 'total war' on the belligerents and the individual - and the place of the Great War in the history of warfare
Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why.
Gary Sheffield was appointed Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2006, having previously taught as a professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and has written widely on 20th-century military history, especially World War I. In 2003, he shared the Templer Medal for Military Literature for his contribution to The British General Staff: Innovation and Reform. He regularly broadcasts on radio and television and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, the Times Literary Supplement, and BBC History Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire, U.K.