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The First World War : a concise global history

Author: William Kelleher Storey
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2010, ©2009.
Series: Exploring world history.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Synopsis: In a compact but comprehensive and clear narrative, this book explores the First World War from a genuinely global perspective. Putting a human face on the war, William Kelleher Storey takes into account individual decisions and experiences as well as environmental and technological factors such as food, geography, manpower, and weapons. He argues that the war profoundly changed the ways in which people  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kelleher Storey
ISBN: 9780742541467 0742541460
OCLC Number: 650219816
Description: xii, 193 p. : maps, plan ; 23 cm.
Contents: Environment, technology, and the origins of war. Empires at high tide and low tide ; The German question ; Planning for war ; The naval arms race ; The crisis of 1914 --
Optimism, 1914-1916. The war in Western Europe, 1914-1915 ; The war in Eastern and Southern Europe, 1914-1915 ; War in Africa, 1914-1916 ; War at sea, 1914-1916 ; War in the Middle East, 1914-1916 --
Intensification, 1916-1917. The big offensives of 1916 ; The arts of war ; War at sea, 1916-1917 ; Total war ; The widening of the war ; Domestic politics in wartime ; The Western front in 1917 ; Africa and the Middle East, 1916-1918 ; Wilson's plan for peace --
Conclusions : 1918 and beyond. The Western front in 1918 ; The impact of war ; The peace settlements ; Environment, technology, and change.
Series Title: Exploring world history.
Other Titles: 1st World War
Responsibility: William Kelleher Storey.

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Synopsis: In a compact but comprehensive and clear narrative, this book explores the First World War from a genuinely global perspective. Putting a human face on the war, William Kelleher Storey takes into account individual decisions and experiences as well as environmental and technological factors such as food, geography, manpower, and weapons. He argues that the war profoundly changed the ways in which people imagined the landscape around them and thought about technology and the environment. Before the war, Europe and its colonies generally regarded industrial technology as an instrument of modernity; the landscape existed to be conquered, divided, and ruled. During and after the war, the costs of conquest became much higher, raising significant doubts about the value of progress. Soldiers experienced profound personal degradation, physical injuries, and mental collapse in the midst of nightmarish, technologically induced environmental conditions, which they vividly remembered when they formed new identities in the postwar world. Although people did not abandon thoughts of technological advance, after the war they had a keener sense of modernity's costs. Without neglecting traditional themes, Storey's deft interweaving of the role of environment and technology enriches our understanding of the social, political, and military history of the war, not only in Europe, but throughout the world.

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