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The First World War in 100 Objects
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
I was lucky enough to hear Peter Doyle talk at a recent book launch, and it made me want to buy the book. What made this book most interesting was the personal touch from the author. Nearly all of the 100 objects were from his private collection and, having never been a military fan before, I found it fascinating reading about some of the artifacts and looking at the wonderful photographs of them too! I would recommend this book to anyone, even those with little interest in militaria, will soon find themselves engrossed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
As always Peter brings together interresting and thought provoking material
The actual presentation of the matrial is very pleasing
The content readable and accessible to the non- expert
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on 25 July 2014
The pace of technological progress and automated production in Europe escalated rapidly during the opening decade of the 20th Century, and these dynamics were immediately channelled into the prosecution of the 1914-1918 conflict. As a result, the warring forces soon became dependent on mass-produced military materiel, equipment and ordnance. When hostilities in Europe became bogged-down in strategic stalemate, increasing expectations – and demands – were placed on technology to deliver solutions to the new forms of warfare emerging on land, at sea, and in the air. Armoured fighting vehicles, attack aircraft, and advanced artillery, which in peacetime might have taken years to be conceived, designed and manufactured in volume, now in some cases went from drawing-board to battlefield in matters of months. War sped-up innovation in electronic communications devices and put telephones and wireless transmitters directly into combat zones.
Many such examples of influential engineering and technology are included in these this book. It presents 100 things that have functional, representational or symbolic significance to the great conflict. They range broadly from the quirky to the iconic, the national to the personal. Just about every object has emotional or intellectual resonance, and often serves to explain multiple aspects of the First World War story as it unfolded in its various theatres around the globe. Several of the objects also highlight advances in engineering or technology that war (directly or indirectly) brought about. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2014
Peter Doyle is regarded as an expert on the 1st World War, and this book confirms that he is. He has chosen 100 objects related to the 1st World War and created a marvellous book, which tells the story of the 1st World War, in an easily read and informative style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2014
Really interesting selection of objects that give a different way to think about the WWI. For those of us who had relatives fighting it makes it much more personal to see the objects they would have seen. Great photos too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2014
Connecting military history to specific objects is something Professor Doyle excels in. A personal and educated approach and a high quality book. Thoroughly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2014
Peter Doyle writes lucidly and eloquently. This is a page turner that deals with all aspects and both sides of the Great War in an novel and sympathetic way.
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on 12 September 2014
An excellent way to view the events of a hundred years ago. Taking it's cue from the successful Radio 4 Series "A History of the World in 100 Objects" it does what it says on the cover. The objects range from the known and obvious to the unexpected. The place of each object in the history of the war is clearly explained. As a stand alone history this volume would have obvious limitations, but as an extra to the many other histories that are emerging at this time it provides a superb appendix to those histories.
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on 28 September 2014
Having recently visited Ypres and'enjoyed' an excellent tour of the area I 'enjoyed' being reminded of the dramatic nature of the WW1 conflict. One thing that comes across is the awful complexity of the mechanics of war. Engineers and technicians seem to play as great a part in war as actual combatants.

The idea of 100 objects does mean it is possible to absorb the military horror in sizeable chunks.
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on 19 August 2014
Enjoyed the book and found it an interesting idea to describe the First World War using various items from that conflict.The changing from object to object held my attention better than a straightforward description of the war. I recommend this book especially to readers who find it difficult to read the normal historical WW1 book.
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