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The First World War (Twentieth Century Wars) [Hardcover]

Gerard De Groot

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16 Nov 2000 Twentieth Century Wars
This book explains the First World War in a manner the lay person can understand, and the expert will still find intriguing. It covers a broad canvas, but does so with great economy. The origins of the war, both diplomatic and social, are discussed in a particularly illuminating fashion. The reader is then taken through the major battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts, and is in the process given insight into the eventual Allied victory. The war at sea, on the home front and in distant theatres is also carefully examined. There is, in addition, a worm's eye view of the conflict - the war as it was experienced by the men in the trenches.
The book provides a wonderfully clear and sustaining introduction to a conflict usually mired in confusion. The strong narrative drive and lively style make it an easy and enjoyable read. Students will find the book a very good starting point for a study of the war, and lay readers will simply enjoy the clarity and drama it brings to a war which continues to intrigue and torment.

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'This is a well-written and well-structured survey which I shall have no hesitation in recommending to students.' - M.S. Partridge, St Mary's University College

'This is an excellent work...I will recommend this as the market leader.' - Dr John Buckley, Department of History and War Studies, University of Wolverhampton

'An excellent survey: clear, concise and well written.' - Professor M.L. Dockrell, Department of War Studies, King's College London

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GERARD DE GROOT is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview of WWI 12 Sep 2009
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
I took this book out from the library because I felt I didn't know enough about why World War 1 happened. The extent of what I remembered about it from high school was pretty much summed up as such: an Archduke was assassinated, trench warfare, and U-boats. What I wanted to understand was why it all happened and what it all meant. I was attracted to this book on the shelf because it seemed like it would be comprehensive, straightforward, and not so long that it would take weeks to read. It did not disappoint.

Now that I've read it, I feel like understand the mindset and occurrences of the time period, as well as how they led to major world events years later. The author provides objective details and numbers but doesn't have a dry writing style. There is fascinating insight about the personalities that drove the war, the experiences of the soldiers, and what life was like for the people back home.

This book is a great starting point for those interested in understanding the events of World War I and how they brought us to where we are today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best short summary 14 May 2014
By s. berger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing. In about two hundred pages, DeGroot manages to paint a colorful picture of the war in all its manifold aspects. I have recommended this book to teachers in view of the upcoming centennial. It is a must read for anyone who has even a casual interest in the horrors of the war. I have read many books on the subject, but as I said, this is the best summary I have read on the subject. Highly recommended.
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