A History of the Great War World War One and the International Crisis of the Early Twentieth Century

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Known as the "Great War," World War One was one of history's greatest tragedies. It eventually dragged most of Europe and the world into its bloody quagmire, inflicting more than four years of suffering, misery, maiming, and death on the belligerent nations. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses, A History of the Great War: World War One and the International Crisis of the Early Twentieth Century is a brief yet comprehensive study that distinguishes itself from other textbooks in significant ways. Providing broader coverage than most texts, it discusses the phenomenon of the war in its chronological entirety. Author Eric Dorn Brose analyzes the forces that generated international tension and made wars more prevalent before 1914; the causes and course of the Great War to 1918; and the violent and problematic aftermath of the struggle to 1926. Rather than focusing exclusively on military developments, Brose also examines the war's underlying causes, its political and diplomatic dimensions, and its myriad consequences. Explicitly global in scope, A History of the Great War offers a more extensive look at the worldwide side of the Great War than existing texts do, including coverage of the campaigns spanning Northeast Africa, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, India, and the war at sea. In addition, the author incorporates and discusses recent groundbreaking research in the "Notes" section of each chapter, so that students can easily access it. The text is also enhanced by maps, photos, and an engaging vignette at the opening of each chapter that serves as an introduction.

Author Biography

Eric Dorn Brose is Professor of History at Drexel University. He is the author of A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (OUP, 2004), The Kaiser's Army: The Politics of Military Technology in Germany during the Machine Age, 1870-1918 (OUP, 2001), and Technology and Science in the Industrializing Nations 1500-1914 (1998).

Table of Contents

Mapsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Into The Abyss 1871-1914p. 1
The Long Descentp. 3
From Peace to Warp. 21
The Abyss 1914-1918p. 45
The Opening Campaigns, 1914p. 47
The Wider War, 1914-1915p. 87
The Stalemate in Europe, 1915p. 119
The Wider War, 1915-1916p. 160
Tipping Points in Europe, 1916-1917p. 198
War-Weariness and the Question of Peace in Europe, 1917p. 238
War, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Middle East and Russia, 1916-1918p. 283
The Last Furious Year of the Great War, 1917-1918p. 319
Slowly Out of The Abyss 1918-1926p. 365
The Violent Aftermath of the Great War in Europe, 1918-1926p. 367
The Problematic Legacy of the Great War in the Wider World, 1918-1926p. 392
Epilogue: Bereavement, Economic Collapse, and the Climate for Warp. 415
Indexp. 425
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