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The Eastern Front 1914-1917

The Eastern Front 1914-1917 [Kindle Edition]

Norman Stone
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'Without question one of the classics of post-war historical scholarship, Stone's boldly conceived and brilliantly executed book opened the eyes of a generation of young British historians raised on tales of the Western trenches to the crucial importance of the Eastern Front in the First World War' Niall Ferguson 'Scholarly, lucid, entertaining, based on a thorough knowledge of Austrian and Russian sources, it sharply revises traditional assumptions about the First World War.' Michael Howard

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5194 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (26 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00358VHOW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Labor of Love by The Author 30 Dec 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant account of the 1° WW in the East. 15 Nov 2000
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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