The First World War

The First World War

John Keegan


the 1st global conflict created the trendy global. A clash of extraordinary ferocity, it unexpectedly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian period, unleashing such demons of the 20th century as mechanized war and mass loss of life. It additionally helped to bring in the guidelines that experience formed our times--modernism within the arts, new ways to psychology and drugs, radical recommendations approximately economics and society--and in so doing shattered the religion in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe because the Enlightenment. With The First global War, John Keegan, considered one of our most outstanding army historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to jot down the definitive account of the nice conflict for our generation.

Probing the secret of the way a civilization on the top of its fulfillment may have propelled itself into this sort of ruinous clash, Keegan takes us backstage of the negotiations between Europe's topped heads (all of them with regards to each other through blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the hindrance. He finds how, via an astounding failure of international relations and conversation, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf a complete continent.

But the center of Keegan's fabulous narrative is, after all, his research of the army clash. With unrivaled authority and perception, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names became legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli between them--and sheds new gentle at the techniques and strategies hired, rather the contributions of geography and expertise. No much less relevant to Keegan's account is the human point. He acquaints us with the innovations of the fascinating personalities who oversaw the tragically pointless catastrophe--from heads of country like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to well known warmakers reminiscent of Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. yet Keegan reserves his such a lot affecting own sympathy for these whose person efforts heritage has now not recorded--"the nameless thousands, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially disadvantaged of any scrap of the glories that via culture made the lifetime of the man-at-arms tolerable."

By the tip of the struggle, 3 nice empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. yet as Keegan indicates, the devastation ex-tended over the whole lot of Europe, and nonetheless profoundly informs the politics and tradition of the continent this present day. His very good, panoramic account of this significant and bad clash is destined to take its position one of the classics of global history.

With 24 pages of photos, 2 endpaper maps, and 15 maps in textual content

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