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World War I: How the Great War Made the Modern World [Kindle Edition]

Burt Solomon
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Read classic real-time coverage of the Great War from the Atlantic's archive, plus new essays on how we still live in the world the war made -- and how another world war could happen.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Great War, the Atlantic has published a special commemorative edition drawn from the magazine's archives, featuring dispatches from soldiers at the front and articles by such major writers and historical figures as Winston Churchill, H. G. Wells, Gertrude Stein, W. E. B. Du Bois, H. L. Mencken, Walter Lippmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Bertrand Russell, Arnold J. Toynbee, Barbara Tuchmann, Christopher Hitchens, and many others.

Experience history as Atlantic writers and readers experienced it at the time, watching the slow build-up to war and then its sudden rippling explosions as combat broke out; the brutal, violent--and sometimes darkly humorous--reality of life in the trenches; the savage peace that followed war, along with the failed attempts at a League of Nations, the rise of Hitler, and the rumblings of the next World War.

A rich collection of war reportage, vivid photography, and poetry, the issue also includes:

* The New York Times foreign affairs columnist Roger Cohen explaining why it's all too easy to imagine a third world war breaking out today.

* The nationally bestselling author Richard Rubin on America's decisive role in the war--and its strangely distant relationship to the war today.

* The Yale historian Jay Winter on how the war made the world we live in today by redrawing geopolitical boundaries, advancing the technology of killing, and changing the meaning of war.

* A photo essay showing the scarred battlefields of Europe--during the war and today.

* An illustrated timeline of the war

* A 1908 interview with Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II

*Multiple dispatches from the front that capture the tragedy and banality--and, rarely, the nobility--of the war as experienced by soldiers at the time.


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  • File Size: 63956 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M85J4SE
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Great War we're still mopping up October 1, 2014
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Sobering examination - via dozens of vignettes and articles - of the vast impact of The Great War. The introduction of trench and chemical warfare, the decimation of a generation of European youth, the experience of American doughboys, the catastrophe of treaty-writing at Versailles where pen strokes may as well have been signing the war declarations for WWII. And the long-arc impact of unintended consequences that we suffer from today, including the manic and arbitrary lines drawn all over the Mideast that gave rise to today's extremist terrorism. A must read for my and younger generations, who are far less literate of 20th century politics and war than we should be. As Santayana observed...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great perspective of wwI October 7, 2014
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WW I is a major event of the 20th century but mostly forgotten. Not only did the war set the stage for WW II but many of the conflicts in the midEast today. One of the most pressing realizations is after the tragedy of The Great War it was all done again twenty years latter. Nothing learned. History repeated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars October 2, 2014
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Very US oriented
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Someone misread - or failed to read - Tuchman's piece and misrepresented it, nothing on the naval war that won it for the Allies, very superficial assuming the digital is the same as the print version. That said, some excellent photos.

Wilson's theory that there could be peace without victory was demolished when the Germans never actually had to admit to their people the Army and Navy had lost the war, since no enemy troops entered Germany (absent temporary initial Russian attack), and the people willingly accepted that. Hitler had his launch on the betrayal motif. Both services were wrong in their assumptions and plans and never had to answer for it.

The US learned it had to be ready for such wars as it was training troops in France with French and British weapons still in 1918. It learned to have industry organized to take off at need and for that alone we won the next round. The Kaiser was seriously delusional, and he gets away with a lot solely because Hitler was worse. But not by as much as most think.
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