- Unknown Binding
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198206143
- ISBN-13: 978-0198206149
- ASIN: B002BF5YDU
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,887,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War Unknown Binding – 1999
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The production of the hardback version of this (which is the one I own) is of high quality, which makes the best of the illustrations unlike, for example, the cheap paper used in Random House's Forgotten Voices series. A nice touch is the inclusion of some 2 dozen colour plates. Inevitably, given the lack of colour photography at the time (it was not unknown, but was very much in its infancy at the time), most of these are paintings & posters (4 are modern photographs; 2 of commemorations, one of a genuine Mark V tank; the fourth would appear to be of the only flying original SE5, part of the Shuttleworth Collection). In addition to that, many of the illustrations, both colour & black & white, I have not seen elsewhere. From the point of view of information, it is an excellent overview, on the whole.
Its weaknesses, however, are that, at 350-odd pages it is rather too short, and the "Illustrated" in the title is a bit of a misnomer. Most overview histories of such a large & complex subject run to several hundred pages more than this. It does itself a disservice by trying to compress too much. As for the illustrations, whilst they are reasonably plentiful, I have seen other books with as many that don't call themselves "Illustrated". Therefore, whilst the quality & variety is good, the number perhaps doesn't warrant the claim. Finally, it is worth noting that there seems to be a new edition due out, unsurprisingly, in April 2014, which is a little longer at around 420 pages. I obviously cannot comment on that; for this edition 4* seems, to me, to be a fair review.
The essays themselves are written by academic historians, leaders in their individual fields, and cover modern thinking on the causes of the war, economic warfare, the various theatres (the Balkans, Africa, war at sea), the role of women, propaganda, revolutions, and peace settlements. The book ends with a survey of how the war has been remembered, and fictionalised, throughout the twentieth century. Each essay is followed by a brief bibliography of further reading.
So this isn’t a book for anyone wanting a personal or dramatic view of the war, but is perfect for undergraduates, or general interested readers, working on any of the aspects of war who need a brief and timely overview of where research is currently.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
Not as easy to read as Catastrophe by Max Hastings but much more depth.
Some very interesting illustrations
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written & a concise array of articles on various aspects of WW1. An excellent buy.Published 19 months ago by Henry Brian Blackler
Strachan is one of the main authorities on the war. Here what's especially useful is the way he makes clear the global nature of the conflict, puttingPublished on 25 Dec. 2013 by paul stamper