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Eastern Front, 1914-17 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1975


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1 Oct. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340128747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340128749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,899,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman Stone is Professor at Bilkent University. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford from 1984-1997. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
Professor Stone's book on the fighting on the Eastern Front in World War One is one of the classic studies of the conflict.
However I believe, as does Professor Stone judging from his new introduction, that despite it's authority, the book has a weakness. Stone describes this as the absence of the private soldier.
Military history writing has moved on since this book was written and the absence of "character" from the descriptions can make the book a little dry. Sometimes I found myself re-reading sentences because of the skilful use of metaphor, but, also, I had to keep going back to try and work out which army was which. I have noted this in other works concerned with Russia (or invading Russia) from other periods, Napoleon, World War Two. It is like the distances are so vast that matters become inevitably confused. (They certainly do for the invaders.)
The fumbling on both sides is well captured here and the lack of any meaningful "objective" which leads generals to squabble amongst themselves and, more often than not, "trick" their superiors into committing reserves to their section of the front. The result of this method of doing war can be seen in the vast casualty figures.
Reservations aside, I would recommend this book to anyone seeking an overview of what is a neglected area (in comparison to the Western Front.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Dawes on 31 Jan. 2008
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I will not comment in detail as a previous review has summarised extremely well.

What I would say is that the overall book works very well for all aspects of the Russian Front, although mostly from the Russian side. The German and Austro-Hungarian side is fairly sparse.

My one criticism is that at times the 'story' seems to jump through some fairly major events and I ended up rereading parts to check that I had not missed anything (which I had not) - the major item that springs to mind for this is the evacuation of Poland following Gorlice-Tannow (spelling). The whole episode is, more or less, summed up in a couple of sentances, which for me, was not sufficient given what the books topic is.

Still very very much a worthwhile book - it is a fascinating insight against those who view warfare through just 'numbers' and 'materiale' - those two are just not enough to achieve anything.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Robinson on 30 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is written by a Cambridge and Oxford history scholar and professor Norman Stone and is perhaps the best single book on the Eastern Front during WWI. From reading the book it is easy to understand the author's enthusiasm for the subject when we see his degree of knowledge on the subject and all the details. Clearly the book was a work of love by the author.
Although the book is just a 300 page paperback it is not a quick light read. There are 300 pages of main text and 20 pages of sources notes on four basic subjects, i.e.; introduction to the politics and war preparation, the military battles (which is the majority of the book), Russian economics, and finally a short section on the Russian revolution of 1917. As I said it is not a quick read; it took me over three weeks to read and some parts I had to read twice. Some parts were excellent for inducing sleep - especially all those Polish names and Russian Generals. Having said that some parts are slow, one can say that it is an excellent book.
The crux of the author's arguments is that fate of the war on the Eastern Front was decided by poor Russian management of its economic resources along with a highly fractured and disorganized armed forces, not by and fundamental negative Russian economic factors. This poor Russian effort was further complicated by a weak infrastructure - especially railroads - in an otherwise fast growing Russian economy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "andreabongioanni" on 15 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I think that Prof. Stone has been able to give a good picture of the history of the war between Russia and Austria / Germany between 1914 and 1917.
The book is neither so detailed to be boring, nor too superficial to be useless.
Prof. Stone not only describe the tacticts and the strategies of the belligerants, but presents the economical frame of the war events.
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I ordered this book part way through Fritz Fischer's Germany's Aims in the First World War when I realised my lack of knowledge about the Eastern Front in World War One was hampering my understanding of Fischer's book. I needed a comprehensive but concise history of the war in the east and decided on Stone's 1975 classic as, nearly forty years after it was written, it is still acknowledged to be the best account of the conflict.

Well-written, if slightly dry, I certainly learnt a lot from it and found it reasonably interesting. However, if I'm honest, it was perhaps a little too academic for my needs and, with hindsight, the textbook style of Neiberg and Jordan's The Eastern Front 1914 - 1920 might have been more suitable for me. I also thought it was a little too Russian-focused in its coverage with too much detail about Russia and not enough about the Central Powers.

Still, if you like Norman Stone [and I do] then, although this is one of his earliest works, there is plenty of evidence here of the humorous, anecdotal-rich style of historical writing for which he is now famous and I'm sure anyone with more than a passing interest in the subject matter would find it a worthwhile read.
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