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"Here is a global history of a global war. This volume is particularly useful on the Central Powers, and on the way in which the revolutionary currents unleashed by the war swept away all three of the empires - German, Austro-Hungarian, and Turkish - who challenged Britain, France, Italy and Russia for dominance of the international order. The fact that the Russian empire followed the path to collapse reinforces Sondhaus's claim that the Great War introduced a revolutionary wave in Europe which in time swept over the rest of the world."
Jay Winter, Yale University

"This provocative analysis convincingly presents World War I as both a global war and a global revolution. Alike in military, political, cultural and intellectual contexts the Great War generated a broad spectrum of responses to the same set of experiences. All of them, however, contributed to a paradigm shift: a fundamental redefinition of what societies and individuals could be coaxed, cozened, or compelled to endure without breaking. A revolution indeed - one whose legacy still shapes headlines."
Dennis Showalter, Colorado College

"Lawrence Sondhaus has set out to provide a new history of the First World War that draws on the latest scholarship, but yet remains accessible. He has succeeded admirably in his task and, as a distinguished scholar of Austria-Hungary, is able constantly to remind his readers that this was a global conflict, and not one fought exclusively on the Western Front. Special sections examining the personal experience of war, as well as the key historiographical debates, also enliven the text for the general reader."
Ian F. W. Beckett, University of Kent

"The book is beautifully produced and presented ... Maps and illustrations are expertly annotated and placed where they belong in the book. Cambridge [University Press] can be well proud of this superb book. It deserves to be widely used on college courses on the Great War."
Holger Herwig, Journal of Military History

"... this survey of the Great War is masterful."
James D. Scudieri, Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly

"Comparative histories of the First World War are still rare, which in itself makes Lawrence Sondhaus's foray into this field welcome."
John Gooch, European History Quarterly

"An excellent political and strategic overview of World War I ... has gives us an very broad look at the origins, events, and consequences of the war, setting it more firmly into its global context than has hitherto been the case. [Sondhaus'] approach to presenting the story of the war is rather innovative and very valuable."
A. A. Nofi, strategypage.com

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World War One was the cause, catalyst and accelerator of revolutionary change on an unprecedented scale. This is an indispensable new introduction to the global history of the conflict and its revolutionary consequences from the war's origins to the making of peace, across all of its theatres and home fronts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521736269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521736268
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Prof. Sondhaus's account of the Great War fits it into a more global context than has been customary. In addition to his normal chapters, special sections and numerous side-bars help bring in personal experiences, important developments, or points of contention (e.g., “The Schlieffen Plan,” “The Reparations Controversy,” etc.). Despite this, the work still manages to display the traditional Anglo- and Western Front bias of most accounts in English. It also fails to take into account the flood of recent work on the war, from the roles of many of the smaller powers (e.g., Italy, Romania, the Ottomans), to the co-evolution of tactics and technologies that caused the horrors at the Front, the “military revolution” in the armies, particularly the British, through 1918, nor the intellectual bankruptcy of the German high command. World War I: The Global Revolution is a useful read for the serious student of the war.'

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By Luthien on May 12, 2012
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I've never read much about World War One, and all my previous history classes have only focused on the American side of the conflict. This book told me about the European side. However, the text can be a bit difficult to get through.
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By Joe e Pizarro jr on August 27, 2014
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Nice book!
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