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Cataclysm : the First World War as political tragedy

Author: D Stevenson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In August 1915, British generals on the western front found themselves reluctantly preparing for the upcoming Battle of Loos at the behest of their French allies. Far from sharing his generals' pessimism, Lord Kitchener, the British secretary of state for war, instead ordered that they should be willing to accept "very heavy losses indeed"--An order they dutifully carried out by sustaining 50,000 casualties in only  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: D Stevenson
OCLC Number: 56926524
Notes: Originally published: New York : Basic Books, ©2004.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Outbreak: Destruction of peace; Failure of the war of movement, Summer-Winter 1914 --
Escalation: Making a new world, Spring 1915-Spring; Widening of the war; War aims and peace negotiations; Land war in Europe, strategy; Technology, logistics, and, tactics; Manpower and morale; Armaments and economics; Naval warfare and blockade; Politics of the home fronts --
Outcome: Third phase, Spring 1917-Autumn 1918; February revolution and American intervention, Spring 1917; Towards exhaustion, Summer-Autumn 1917; Central powers' last throw, Autumn 1917-Summer 1918; Turn of the tide, Summer-Autumn 1918; Ceasefire --
Legacies: Peacemaking, 1919-20; Rebuilding, 1920-29; Demolition, 1929-45; Conclusion, the war becomes history.
Responsibility: David Stevenson.

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In August 1915, British generals on the western front found themselves reluctantly preparing for the upcoming Battle of Loos at the behest of their French allies. Far from sharing his generals' pessimism, Lord Kitchener, the British secretary of state for war, instead ordered that they should be willing to accept "very heavy losses indeed"--An order they dutifully carried out by sustaining 50,000 casualties in only three days of fighting before the attack was called off as a failure. [This book] covers the full spectrum of the conflict, from press censorship to advances in military technology to the introduction of new expressions of mass grief, such as the moment of silence and public memorials.-Dust jacket.

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