- Series: First World War (Oxford) (Book 1)
- Paperback: 1248 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 13, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199261911
- ISBN-13: 978-0199261918
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.2 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Deserves to rank as one of the most impressive books of modern history in a generation. It reflects 20 years of research, and mastery of the literature of many nations....The book addresses every aspect of global conflict--diplomacy, politics, finance, industry, battle on land and at sea, in Europe, Africa, and around the world.....Magnificent."--The London Evening Standard
"'Definitive' is a much overused word, but this work merits the term. The first in a three-volume history that explores nearly every aspect of the war, from finance to ideology to diplomacy to armaments, it combines depth with staggering breadth, acute analysis with magisterial narrative."--The Atlantic Monthly
"'Definitive', proclaims the blurb accompanying the first volume of Hew Strachan's magnificent new history of the first world war, and definitive it is. There will be two further volumes...The result will be a scholarly triumph. In a field cluttered with competitors Mr. Strachan will be lengths ahead."--The Economist
"Massive in size and impressive in scope, Strachan's work promises to be the definitive account of the Great War in English."--CHOICE
About the Author
Hew Strachan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He is also Director of the Scottish Center for War Studies and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
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The scanning is awful, especially dropping the letter "f". So you find --
.....whatever the inancial burden (location 943)
...... after the lirtation with Germany (location 945)
In the process it abandoned the evenness of the ive year plan (location 5583)
There are dozens of typos like this in the first few sections.
Also, reading the run up to the Battle of the Marne I suddenly find a General "Bölow" in charge of one of the German armies, fighting Lanrezac.. Was there a General Bölow? Not that I have ever heard of. It must be a typo for Bülow.
This level of mistake and disarray is really intolerable. The Kindle version is a confusing mess. Don't buy it!
However, even though I've read a number of books on the First World War, it provided me with some new insights. These new insights were the following. (1) The last German to surrender didn't occur in Europe but occurred in East Africa as the small army led by Lettow-Vorbeck held out until two weeks after the surrender in Europe. (2) Through Turkey, Germany tried to overthrow British possessions in Egypt and India through a holy war or Islamist insurrection. (3) If the US hadn't entered the war in April, 1917, Britain's financial situation was in dire straits and the country probably would have gone bankrupt causing a huge financial crisis in both Britain, France and the US and possibly ending the war there. In fact, there is a strong reason to believe that this is what caused the US to enter the war and not the submarine warfare (which may have been just a front). (4) Prior to April, 1917, US was providing money and materials to France, Britain and Russia, but nothing to Germany. The US was in fact already embroiled in the war prior to April, 1917.
For the seasoned reader of the First World War, I bet that you will learn something new from this book. For the casual reader, stay away from this book and read Hew Strachan's other history of the First World War.
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However no tracking information was provided. Hence 4 stars.