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France and the Great War, 1914-1918

Author: Leonard V Smith; Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau; Annette Becker
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: New approaches to European history, 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained, and in some ways prevailed in the Great War. It provides a comprehensive survey of scholarship on France's role in the war.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard V Smith; Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau; Annette Becker
ISBN: 0521661765 9780521661768 0521666317 9780521666312
OCLC Number: 50315088
Awards: Winner of Western Front Association Book Prize 2003
Winner of Western Front Association (US) Tomlinson Book Prize 2003
Description: xvi, 202 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The national community goes to war --
Diplomacy: France as a Great Power, 1871-1914 --
The army and the Republic --
August 1914 and the Union sacrée --
Defeat, "victory," and stalemate: the battles of August-September 1914 --
2. Mobilizing the nation and the civilians' war --
Occupation: living with the enemy --
Propaganda and cultural mobilization --
Economic and social mobilization --
Waiting, death, and mourning in wartime --
3. The front and the soldiers' war --
Strategy: from Percée, to Grignotage, to Tenir --
The face of battle --
Consent and the national community --
4. The crises of 1917 --
The Chemin des Dames offensive and the mutinies --
Labor and the troubles of 1917 in the interior --
The rise of Clemenceau and the brutalization of French politics --
5. The ambiguous victory and its aftermath --
From the Kaiserschlacht to the clearing at Rethondes --
Commemoration: memory and the struggle for meaning --
The monuments aux morts --
The bodies of the dead --
The Treaty of Versailles.
Series Title: New approaches to European history, 26.
Responsibility: Leonard V. Smith, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Annette Becker ; French sections translated by Helen McPhail.
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