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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening perspective on the circumstances and leading players who planned the inception., 10 Jun 2013
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This book is well researched and offers perspectives that were missing from the history taught when I was at school in the 1970's. Worryingly, the same incomplete story fed to my generation is still being stated as 'fact' in schools today. A History of WW1 should include all sides. Russian involvement in WW1 was and still is largely ignored in most accounts. The October 1917 revolution obscured the events that occurred before it and many of the events that followed it, for far too long. The Western Front would have been very different if the Russians had not been fighting on the Eastern Front. Read this book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing perspective on the origins of the first world war, 27 May 2013
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Western histories on the origins of the war tend to use a very western European perspective; a tinder box of Central Powers vs Triple Entente with Sarajevo as the spark; and German agression demonstrated by the Schlieffen plan. The Russian and Turkish angles are played down. In this account we have the view that Russia really wanted a war with Turkey to meet its long-standing desire to control the Straits; and the Russian mobilisation started early. Russia is shown to be very much prioritising the achievement of its aims before the general aims of the Entente.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent., 19 Aug 2014
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Magnificent read. A different view at long last on the origins of the Great War. Anyone interested in this period of our history should pick this one up. Well written and documented. Is this "revisionist" ? No, the author is doing what a historian is supposed to do. Try to understand and step away from well publicised views to get to a more accurate picture of our past. Will this be the final world on this painful episode of Europe's nations living together ? Definitely not. But it's a huge step forward in gaining a bit more of an insight.
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