Customer Reviews


33 Reviews
5 star:
 (20)
4 star:
 (8)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Comparable
This excellent one volume by Hew Strachan is a reissue of the book first published in 2003. The author is a renowned professor of war at Oxford University. His book 'To Arms', the first volume of a trilogy yet to be completed, was greeted with aclaim by scholars worldwide. Strachan has also written a number of thought-provoking books on current strategy and the problems...
Published 4 months ago by Dr Barry Clayton

versus
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but some important question marks regarding Memory
I realize that it may seem unduly harsh to deduct 3 stars from the book rating because of objections to its treatment of only a specific aspect of WWI. However, I believe that in the current context of reappearance of extreme ideologies in Europe, of the persistence of incidents of Shoah denial at high levels and the rise of moral relativism, it is better to err on the...
Published 5 months ago by hist12


Most Helpful First | Newest First

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly high-level, 3 Sep 2009
By 
Graham R. Hill (Ilkley) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: The First World War: A New History (Paperback)
Almost one hundred years later most people's mental image of the First World War is literally down in the dirt and the mud and the blood. Strachan takes the reader way above that; this volume is mostly concerned with grand strategy and with the economic, political and social forces shaping the military campaigns being waged.

He comprehensively addresses the global nature of the conflict, giving substantial coverage to action in Africa, Asia, off the coasts of South America, in the Middle East, on the Italian front, in the Balkans and on the Eastern front while acknowledging that ultimately it was the Western front where the war was won and lost.

Even readers who believe that they know the period cannot fail to either learn something or at least have their assumptions challenged. Strachan is particularly strong on the relationships within the two competing alliances and describes well why the minor allies (Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece etc) were important beyond their military or industrial capability. He has stimulating opinions on whether the Second World War followed inevitably from its predecessor (he thinks not) and how and why the Entente handled their victory badly.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro, 11 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The First World War: A New History (Paperback)
With the centenary upon us if you're look for facts, and I mean ACCURATE facts (lots of the shows and articles about are misled) then read this. Hew was my tutor for this course at Oxford and he REALLY knows his stuff. The chronology is a little hard to follow in places as he jumps between the fronts, but I still think it's a worthy read and gives you everything you need to know
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 25 Jan 2014
This review is from: The First World War: A New History (Paperback)
Strachan displays a depth of knowledge of his subject which is impressive which coupled with his clear prose style makes for an informative read.
Much of the book is devoted to the military strategies employed by the various protagonists that went to make up the warring nations of World War I however his use of statistics can become annoying and brings little to the understanding.
He describes in some detail the alliances and complexities of the various expansionist foreign policies of the major players and also those of the minor Balkan states where the touch paper was originally ignited.
Strachan describes the political purpose and public opinion of the war during the period it was being fought and not, like many other writers before him, by applying todays morality and standards.
Given 2014 is the centenary of the start of the war then this is an excellent introductory book for those wishing to study the subject further.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More "Butter" than "Guns", 22 Nov 2010
By 
Lee Hanley (London, England) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The First World War: A New History (Paperback)
As befits a huge conflict narrowed down to a medium sized book this concentrates on the macro level. The politics, strategy and economic elements that shaped the war are studied in some depth. Consequently there is less detail on the tanks, plans and ships, which is to be expected.

The book is enjoyable because it offers many insights and conjures up what could have been a different outcome for the belligerents in the war, had the actions of a few individuals been varied. It it particularly clear that whist conflict was inevitable, the constituents on each side could have been very different had various diplomatic moves taken a different turn or happened either earlier or later. The conditions for an industrial scale total war were however inevitable.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars A historical documentary of WWl., 29 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
If you are looking for facts and figures of WWl then this is for you. Very well documented, but at times hard to digest, not what you would describe as bed side reading, more for the purist, but if you can stay with it "a well worth read."
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars "The First World War", 27 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I found this book easy to read and informative, filling in some gaps that I wasn't aware of. The new foreword was particularly helpful. There were several pictures that were new to me, but it was a pity that they were not better presented.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars great read ,cuts to chase, 20 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
good logical order,just visited battlefeilds and took this with me.

explain ww1 and why started ,but also why ww2 was going to happen!

Hew ww2 next please
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars If you only have one book, 7 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
If you only have one book on the First World War this is the one. It is a relatively modern book which addresses the issues and does not regurgitate the same old myths.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and concise, 1 May 2014
Truly excellent. This is a short book, given the scale of the subject matter, but clearly a product of vast learning and research. It breathes authority. This should reach AJP Taylor's short history as the standard short book on the subject.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 28 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Its like the hard back only now available in paperback. Not before time and a must have for anyone interested in the subject
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The First World War: A New History
The First World War: A New History by Hew Strachan (Paperback - 2 May 2006)
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews