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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (24 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199239673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199239672
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a scrupulous, well-documented, and often witty contribution to imperial and military history. It is a tribute to thsi long-awaited, many-faceted, yet succinct biography that one is left craving for more. (David Fitzpatrick, English Historical Review)

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Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen's University, Belfast, having previously been Professor of Modern History at the University of Ulster. He has been Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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On Monday 26 June 1922, the same day as Sir Henry Wilsons state funeral in London, a memorial service was held at the headquarters of the British forces occupying Constantinople (Istanbul) in the aftermath of the First World War. Read the first page
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Commercial lawyer on 17 May 2011
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Excellent book. It is written in a very accessible style, by an authority on the period in question and one with an insight into the Irish angle.
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A piece in the WW1 jigsaw 14 Oct 2012
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In my seemingly endless quest over the years to unravel the cause of WW1 the name of Henry Wilson kept coming up. This guy kept appearing. Seemingly committing the UK to war in talks with the French army without government approval. A key figure in the Curragh Mutiny of senior Army officers against UK Government policy on Irish home rule. Appears on French's staff in the 1914 British Expeditionary Force. Ends up a Field Marshall, apart from a mediocre performance as a Corps Commander having never commanded troops. He was on the British delegation at Versailles. I wondered if anything was written about Wilson so I consulted my favourite search engine and Amazon came up with Jeffery's 2006 biography.

The book is a fine piece of historical scholarship. Well written,well referenced and very readable. It takes one on a depressing journey of ordinary people deciding the fate of millions and fashioning the world we know today. The endless petty jealousy and squabbles that makes humans so endearing. Wilson was a man of his times, with attitudes and prejudices that was a product of the society he lived in.

Another piece of the WW1 jigsaw and, for the umpteenth time, I change my mind about Douglas Haig. Bumbling unintelligent butcher or architect of victory? I opt for the latter,for the moment at least.

The book is a must read for anyone intersted in this maddenly elusive part of history.
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