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The Road to Verdun: World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism

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On February 21, 1916, the Germans launched a surprise offensive at Verdun, an important fortress in northeastern France, sparking a brutal and protracted conflict that would claim more than 700,000 victims. The carnage had little impact on the course of the war, and Verdun ultimately came to symbolize the absurdity and horror of trench warfare.

Ian Ousby offers a radical reevaluation of this cataclysmic battle, arguing that the French bear tremendous responsibility for the senseless slaughter. He shows how the battles roots lay in the Franco-Prussian war and how its legacy helped lay the groundwork for World War II. Merging intellectual substance with superb battle writing, The Road to Verdun is a moving and incisive account of one of the most important battles of the twentieth century.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Ian Ousby was the author of several books, including The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English and Occupation: The Ordeal of France 1940-1944, which won the 1997 Edith McLeod Literary Prize, given annually to the British book that has “contributed the most to Franco-British understanding,” and the 1997 Stern Silver PEN Award for Nonfiction. He passed away in August 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721738
Subtitle:
World War I's Most Momentous Battle and the Folly of Nationalism
Author:
Ousby, Ian
Publisher:
Anchor
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Verdun, Battle of, Verdun, France, 191
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-13
Publication Date:
20030610
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP OF ILLUSTRATIONS; 4 MAPS
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.04x5.20x.87 in. .87 lbs.

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