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Definitely a 'New History',
This review is from: The First World War (Paperback)
This is indeed a `new history'.
For such a short book it's scope is wide and yet not lacking in detail or analysis.
Discharging the `Blame Everyone Equally' popular theory and exposing it as little more than a myth, Strachan puts the blame for the conflict firmly at the feet of the Austro-Hungarians.
The tactical aspects of the conflict are explored with some criticism such as the Schlieffen plan being anything but. However Strachan reminds the reader that those responsible for the (now seemingly mindless) strategies were men of their time, and should be viewed as such, and that many of the belligerents war aims were far from futile.
There is also a considerable portion of this book devoted to the largely ignored African aspect of the war.
Almost as revolutionary a work as A.J.P. Taylor's Origins Of The Second World War (but obviously less contentious).
Minor criticisms of the book are that there is very little on the emergence of air war, and nothing is said of the `Avenger' debacle of the French high command.
Nonetheless a book that every Great War enthusiast should own.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2010 15:11:20 BDT
Bookworm Pete says:
I have been browsing for a general book on the First World War and having these reviews believe I have found a great overall of the conflict. Thanks
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 18:11:43 BDT
another reader says:
An enlightening book on some aspects of the Great War is Correlli Barnett, The Swordbearers: Supreme Command in the First World War. A study of Moltke, Jellicoe, Pétain and Ludendorff. Beautifully written, it considers tactics and strategy as well as engaging cultural differences between the combatants as these affected the war
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