The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War

The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War

Description

The First World War was a war of extraordinary intensity and one which has shaped the history of the twentieth century. It was the first conflict in which aeroplanes, submarines, and tanks played a significant role, the first in which casualties on the battlefield outnumbered those from disease. The USA's entry into the war and the part it played in the peace settlement signalled the arrival on the world stage of a new great power. The victors at Versailles took nationalism as one of their guiding principles; they also aimed at instituting their vision of liberalism and even democracy; the political consequences are still being played out. In this extensively illustrated book, an international team of experts explores the war in all its different aspects. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the human consequences assessed. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider social context of fighting which took place at sea and in the air and which ranged on land from the Flanders trenches to the Balkan mountains and the deserts of the Middle East.
While the war was fought on many fronts and in many different ways, the unifying experience of participants was that of the trenches. The legacy of 'the war to end wars' in poetry and prose, in collective memory and political culture is with us still, eighty years after that first Armistice Day.


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Details

Author(s)
Sir Hew Strachan
Format
Paperback | 368 pages
Dimensions
174 x 242 x 20mm | 861.82g
Publication date
22 Feb 2001
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Imprint
Oxford Paperbacks
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
Illustrated
Edition Statement
Illustrated
Illustrations note
23 colour plates, numerous black and white halftones, 7 maps
ISBN10
0192893254
ISBN13
9780192893253
Bestsellers rank
236,138