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Empires at War: 1911-1923 (The Greater War) Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st Edition edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198702515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198702511
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.8 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The First World War was a war not fought between nations but between empires European and Asian as well as "blue-water empires". This fundamental insight of the Greater War opens a powerful new perspective on the way the war was fought, the aims of the combatants, and the strains it imposed on their brittle systems of rule. The result is a major contribution to rethinking the First World War's impact on modern world (and not just European) history. (John Darwin, Oxford University)

Empires at War is the best account we have of the global framework of warfare in the period including and surrounding the Great War. The value of this rich collection is in its forceful demonstration of how deeply imbedded nations were in transnational projects, traditions, experiences, and dreams. (Jay Winter, Yale University)

With contributions from this generations most influential historians, Empires at War offers a stunning reappraisal of the First World War's global dimensions; revealing with brilliant clarity how imperialism reached its zenith, and then collapsed as a newly politicized ethnic and racial groups stepped forward to demand their rightful place in the world order. (Jennifer D. Keene, Chapman University)

Empires at War makes and important and much-needed contribution to the history of the Great War by reminding us that it was a truly a world wide conflict and one which for many areas from Central Europe to the Far East continued well beyond the armistice of 1918. This strong collection of thoughtful essays expands our understanding of a pivotal moment of the twentieth century by showing the war's global impact and consequences. (Margaret MacMillan, Oxford University)

Empires at War: 1911-1923 is a brilliant and important scholarly achievement that will engage academics and general readers alike ... a masterclass in how an edited volume should be put together (Richard Aldous, Irish Times)

uniformly insightful essays (Maureen Healy, H-Net Reviews)

Recommended (E. J. Jenkins, CHOICE)

About the Author

Robert Gerwarth is the author and editor of several books on the history of violence, including Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe (with Donald Bloxham, 2011); and War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence after the Great War (with John Horne, 2012). Erez Manela directs the Program on Global Society and Security at Harvard University. He is the author of The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010). He is currently completing a book on the global eradication of smallpox in the Cold War era.

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