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James L. Stokesbury is the author of A Short History of World War I, A Short History of World War II, A Short History of the Korean War, and A Short History of the American Revolution. Before his death in 1995 he was a professor of history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Product Details

  • Series: Short History
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (February 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688001297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688001292
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Colin Povey on April 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
James Stokesbury has written what I feel is the best overall book on WWI. Over the past several years, WWI has become fascinating to me, and I now have a library of about 15 book on the subject. Without a doubt, this is the best overall book on the subject. What really sets this book apart is the writing, much more readable than many if not most authors. For example, as much as I like John Keegan's work, this book is better written.
Unlike some authors, Stokesbury pulls no punches. When a commander is dense, stupid, or even worse, he tells it like it is. One of my favorite lines from the book goes something like (I don't have my copy at hand) `General ... was appointed to command the ... army, and was expected to do nothing, which he did exceedingly well.' This gives you a flavor of his writing style. This is not to say that Stokesbury is flippant, just direct.
Stokesbury, who is a historian, writes as well as many novelists. The book is logically divided into digestible chapters in approximate chronological order. Some parts of the war, for example, the naval parts, while important, have only a few episodes worth noting in an overall history, so he has grouped them into three chapters, one on the early battles, one on Jutland, and one on sub warfare.
All in all, I feel this is one of the two best books ever written on WWI, the other being Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August", which only covers a short period of time at the beginning of the war. If you have an interest in WWI, buy this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on November 28, 2002
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"A Short History of World War I" provides the reader with an excellent overview of the first great cataclysm of the Twentieth Century without becoming bogging the reader in details.
Presented, essentially chronologically, Prof. Stokesbury covers all aspects and major theatres of the war. The origins of the war and the military mobilizations get the book started.
Much of the book is devoted to the Western front, but all theatres are given appropriate attention. The Eastern Front and its effects on driving Russia into revolution are thoroughly explained. I was surprised at the significance of the war in the Middle East. I was aware of the Gallipoli campaign aimed at forcing the Ottoman Empire out of the war by taking Constantinople, and of Lawrence of Arabia, but the intensity of the effort in the southern reaches of the Empire were also interesting. The colonial campaigns in Africa and the Pacific are explained both militarily and in relationship to the colonial aspirations of the belligerents.
The naval campaigns, primarily the U-boat war, are well reported. The adoption of the convoy system as a response to the U-boat threat was an example of the advances made in the techniques of warfare. The narration of the Battle of the Jutland, probably the greatest shoot-out among battleships and other fleet vessels, is skillfully explained.
The Western Front is where the war was, ultimately, won and lost. The interplay among the characters who played on the Western stage makes an intriguing epic. The French search for a winning commander is reminiscent of Lincoln's search for the same, while the British Haig's untouchability reminds one of the revered Robert E. Lee.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Moody on October 1, 2001
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I must agree with some of the previous reviewers in that parts of this book are very dry and perhaps boring...I would submit that there is little excitement generated in trench warfare and these are the areas of this book where it does get mundane. That being said, this still is not a bad book at all...the alliance structure of the late 19th century into the 20th are covered in better than adequate detail (a good springboard for Tuchman's "Guns of August")and the initiation of the conflict is truthfully told as one escalation followed by another (the childish practice of one country trying to "one-up" the other). I think that this is the area where this book really succeeds because we get a clear understanding of how strong this alliance structure became and, subsequently, how the war was essentially un-avoidable. True, the initial battles all seemed to run together as each side tried to "out-offensive" the other but then they settled in for the 4 year trench warfare battle that only dissapated when the United States became engaged. All theatres of the conflict get good coverage and the major battles (Ypres, Gallipoli, Verdun...) are also given their due. The Eastern Front and the Russian "October Revolution" are also highlights as Stokesbury obviously understood the impact of the Revolution on the outcome of the war. Another strongpoint is the realization on the part of the Central powers that the War was un-winnable and that surrender terms were finally warranted. Stokesbury covers this concisely and flows right into the surrender treaties at Versaille (this book did bring up a new fact to me...each country that surrendered signed a different treaty and the Versaille Treaty was for the Germans only).Read more ›
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