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A Brief History of the First World War (HistoryWorld's Pocket History Series Book 2)

A Brief History of the First World War (HistoryWorld's Pocket History Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Bamber Gascoigne
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This account of the First World War begins with the dangerous arms race developing between Germany and Britain in the early 1900s. Europe seems poised for a war, which is ignited when the heir to the Austrian empire is assassinated in 1914. There follow the four dreadful years of trench warfare, with soldiers undergoing constant bombardment and dying in their hundreds of thousands. The final end is ominous too. While an influenza pandemic adds millions more to the global death toll, the peace negotiators in Versailles impose on Germany a harsh treaty that can be partly blamed for a second world war a mere 20 years later.

The series
HistoryWorld's Pocket History series aims to provide short, clear narrative accounts of important themes in world history. Each book consists of the history itself followed by a detailed timeline of the subject and an index. Together they provide a quick and reliable overview of the subject for anyone, from student of any age to pensioner, who wants to discover what happened where and when and why.

The author
Bamber Gascoigne is best known in the UK as the host for twenty-five years (1962-87) of the popular quiz game University Challenge, the British version of College Bowl in the United States. But his main activity has been bringing general history to a wide public, as the author of books and the author-presenter of television documentaries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HistoryWorld (23 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XOXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the second book I've purchased in the brief histories seres, the first being WW2.

I won't repeat what I said before but will just say if you want a brief and well written guide you won't do better than these books.

For a more in depth review see my review of the WW2 book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summary 26 Nov 2013
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A great little book for the armchair historian. Understandable and helpful summary. I'm inclined to read all the others in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars was that it? 30 Aug 2013
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Disappointingly brief in the extreme. Concise facts, few figures but very little effort to convey the enormity ofthe war. Definitely his starter for ten but little bonus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 25 Mar 2012
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This book is quite short and can be read in a couple of hours. However, if you have an interest in the First World War, like I have, this is a fascinating chronology of the origins, progress and aftermath of this significant event in history. Indeed, by keeping it short and analysing different aspects of the war in separate sections you can get a really good understanding of why "everybody wanted a war" and how it all in the end became bogged down (literally). This war was not caused by Gavrillo Princip: it had a multifaceted origin. The manipulation of Princip by Draginovitch to further, by proxy, Serbian nationalism; Austro Hungarian weakness; German intent on becoming a major economic power; Britain's fear of losing its position as the major economic power; France wanting to recover Alsace Lorraine; Russias desire for some of the Austro Hungarian territories; Turkey and Italy both wanting to increase territory and local area dominance. But no-one was strong enough to win it A very informative read.
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