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The First World War

Author: Michael Howard
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The European powers were ready for war in 1914. Germany, fuelled by 'archaic militarism, global ambitions, and neurotic insecurity', took the offensive, in the misguided belief that it would shorten the conflict. Four years later, eight million people had died in the most apocalyptic episode the world had known." "Sir Michael Howard has meditated on the subject of the First World War for several decades. The result  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Howard
ISBN: 0192853627 9780192853622
OCLC Number: 59376613
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: xix, 154 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Europe in 1914 --
The coming of war --
1914 : the opening campaigns --
1915 : the war continues --
1916 : the war of attrition --
The United States enters the war --
1917 : the year of crisis --
1918 : the year of decision --
The settlement --
Appendices : President Wilson's Fourteen Points --
Total war casualties.
Responsibility: Michael Howard.
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This narrative history focuses on why World War I occurred, how it was fought, and why it had the consequences it did. It examines in turn issues from the state of Europe in 1914 and the outbreak of  Read more...

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"An esteemed historian, Howard expertly and succinctly summarizes the Great War for the layperson.... Over the next decade, as we approach the centennial of this war, there will be a raft of books Read more...

 
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