The popular view of the First World War is dominated by cliché. Young British soldiers, many of them budding poets, were led to early and ghastly deaths in muddy wastes by incompetent generals for reasons that were seemingly futile. And although clichés are not necessarily lies, they are at best a selective view of the truth.
Building on his ongoing research for his mammoth three-volume history of the war, Hew Strachan now presents a stunning new account of the hostilities which offers many new interpretations of and insights into one of the defining events of the twentieth century. This one-volume history is not just a riveting digest for the general reader of his other writing, it also provides the narrative structure and direction of the accompanying ten-part Channel 4 series. And, for the first time, it offers a truly global vision of a conflict which is often misconceived as a prolonged skirmish on the Western Front.
Strachan argues convincingly that the war had become a 'world war' long before the involvement of the United States and the Russian Revolution of 1917. Far from being a 'European civil war', the conflict involved the colonial territories of European powers, and touched areas as far-flung as the Balkans, Africa and the Ottoman Empire. And it was the existence of these territories that helped explain why the war did not seem futile at the time: for Britain and France, it quickly became a struggle for the defence of liberalism.
Accessible, compelling and utterly convincing, and featuring a wealth of photographs many of which have never previously been published, this is modern history writing at its finest. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Professor Hew Strachan is the Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, and the author of several highly acclaimed books on military history.
An excellent WW1 overview. The author suggests that the much vaunted evacuation story was to some extent told to salvage the reputation of the Allies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roddy Bailey
A very interesting and informative narrative that explains the background politics more than a blow by blow account of military actions. It also exploded a few myths. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sctrainer
Very well written and concise history of WW1. I have read some other books about WW2, The Pacific War, Korean war which have been very difficult to keep track of main... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr A Oliver
Until recently my knowledge of the First World War was pretty minimal, but buoyed on by the various centenary commemorations and the knowledge that one of my relatives died... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CMK
If ever a book fell in-between 3 and 4 stars - it's this.
By necessity, a single volume history of the Great War - and not a particularly long one at that, with this version... Read more