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4.0 out of 5 stars Six easy chapters on World War I, 9 Aug 2005
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In this book, Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson offer a good, basic overview of the First World War. They summarize the conflict in six easy chapters - one for each year on the fighting in Europe, plus one on the fighting in the 'peripheries' - and they have an introduction and conclusion that covers the origins of the war and its aftermath. Prior and Wilson make no secret of their views on the war; they are unabashed 'Westerners' with a healthy contempt for most of the political and military leadership involved, a judgment that emerges repeatedly when assessing the outcome of battles and the results of strategic decisions.
Despite their approach, the authors do a good job of presenting the war. Well illustrated, the text is accompanied by a number of computer-generated maps of the various fronts and battlefields, and there is a section at the end with brief biographies of the leading military and civilian commanders of the conflict. Readers familiar with the war would do better to consult some of the books listed in the bibliography at the end, but for anyone seeking an introduction to the 'Great War' this is a good book to start with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good survey, but, 14 Feb 2014
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I have three of the hardback Cassell's History of Warfare series, and they made this an easy choice. The text is excellent, balanced and well argued. However, I do have a problem with the small size of this edition, in particular with the maps. The spine resists all my attempts to open it so that I can look at what is in the joins between the pages (without breaking the binding altogether), and the single page maps are so small that it is difficult to use them properly. A reissue of the hardback would be welcomed.
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