World War I companion

Book - 2013

World War I changed the face of the 20th century. For four long years the major European powers, later joined by America, fought in a life or death struggle that would topple the crowned heads of Europe and redraw the map of the Continent. It was a conflict unparalleled in its scale, which in turn fuelled devastatingly rapid developments in military technology, technique and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock on the Western Front and elsewhere. In the centenary of ...the outbreak of the conflict, 14 renowned historians from around the world examine some of the key aspects of the war, providing a wide-ranging analysis of the whole conflict beyond but including the stalemate in the trenches of the Western Front.

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Oxford, UK Osprey Publishing Ltd, part of the Osprey Group 2013.
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Language
English
Physical Description
272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliography and index.
ISBN
9781782001881
1782001883
Review by Choice Reviews

The 13 essays in this collection focus primarily on the strategic, tactical, and operational aspects of WW I and range from broad themes, such as the aerial and naval war, to micro-studies of the British army's expansion and the German occupation of Ukraine. One of the book's virtues is its coverage of the eastern front from the perspective of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires. Such a focus moves from an analysis of why each state collapsed to an understanding of how each endured for so long. Instead of focusing just on the war years, many of the authors seek to provide connections to later developments. For example, Francois Cochet's essay on the French army challenges the conventional wisdom of a hidebound institution wedded to the cult of the offensive during the war but asserts that it failed to adapt to the postwar reality, with disastrous consequences in 1940. Few of the authors push historiographical boundaries. Rather, they synthesize a generation of scholarship on WW I in a clear and concise manner that is particularly useful to teachers and students looking to develop research topics. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Two-year Technical Program Students. F. Krome University of Cincinnati--Clermont College Copyright 2014 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Eighteen experts examine the war from their special military history perspectives. [Page 53]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Collects fourteen essays from historians on different aspects of the Great War and how it influenced modern warfare, including aviation, the Arab Revolt, and the final campaign in 1918.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

World War I changed the face of the 20th century. For four long years the major European powers, later joined by America, fought in a life or death struggle that would topple the crowned heads of Europe and redraw the map of the Continent. It was a conflict unparalleled in its scale, which in turn fueled devastatingly rapid developments in military technology, technique and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock on the Western Front and elsewhere. In the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict, 14 renowned historians from around the world examine some of the key aspects of the war, providing a wide-ranging analysis of the whole conflict beyond but including the stalemate in the trenches of the Western Front.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

2014 sees the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War - the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world from the colonies of Africa to the Chinese city of Tsingtao.

This was a period of intense development in military technology, technique, and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock. The rise of airpower, coronation of artillery, and development of the tank as a means of restoring mobility to the battlefield all came about in this period and have had a lasting influence through to the present day.

This study consists of separate articles by 13 respected academics focussing on different aspects of the Great War, ranging from the war at sea, through the Gallipoli campaign to the final offensives of 1918 to give a wide-ranging companion to this truly global conflict.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

2014 sees the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War - the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world from the colonies of Africa to the Chinese city of Tsingtao.This was a period of intense development in military technology, technique, and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock. The rise of airpower, coronation of artillery, and development of the tank as a means of restoring mobility to the battlefield all came about in this period and have had a lasting influence through to the present day.This study consists of separate articles by 13 respected academics focussing on different aspects of the Great War, ranging from the war at sea, through the Gallipoli campaign to the final offensives of 1918 to give a wide-ranging companion to this truly global conflict.