The Great War and the Twentieth Century

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2000-11-10
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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World War I, the first "total war" in history, set in motion profound changes in the economics, demographics, and philosophies of the warring states. In this book, leading experts on the Great War discuss its causes, character, and legacy. Their writings show that to study World War I is to encounter not only the dissolution of the four defeated empires -- Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey -- but also the collapse of the optimistic assumption of progress that had defined the nineteenth century. The analysis of the Great War, in fact, provides an essential framework for our understanding of the entire twentieth century. The book draws together military history, international history, and cultural history to offer a wide-ranging summary of current knowledge and debate regarding the First World War.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The First World War Reconsideredp. 13
The Eastern Frontp. 30
The Politics of the Two Alliancesp. 69
Technology in the First World War: The View from Belowp. 99
Narrative and Identity at the Front: "Theory and the Poor Bloody Infantry"p. 132
Mobilizing Economies for Warp. 166
Labor and Labor Movements in World War Ip. 187
The War, Imperialism, and Decolonizationp. 231
The War, the Peace, and the International State Systemp. 263
Of Men and Myths: The Use and Abuse of History and the Great Warp. 299
The Cultural Legacy of the Great Warp. 331
Indexp. 351
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