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World War One: A Short Historyby Norman Stone
Synopses & Reviews
In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: Fourteen million combatants died, a further twenty million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.
An overwhelming disaster from which the world is still recovering, World War One can seem baffling in its complexity. But now Norman Stone, one of world's greatest military historians, has composed a dazzlingly lucid and succinct history of the conflict. Stone has distilled a lifetime of teaching, arguing, and thinking into this brisk and opinionated account of the fundamental tragedy of the twentieth century.
Book News Annotation:
Historian Stone (Turkish-Russian Centre, Bilkent U., Turkey) offers a brief history of World War I, from its origins to its aftermath and the five years in between. He describes the related politics; personalities like French Marshall Ferdinand Foch, German General Erich Ludendorff, British commander Douglas Haig, and President Woodrow Wilson; battles from Ypres and the Battle of the Somme to Gallipoli and Verdun; and how the war spawned new methods of warfare and progress in medicine. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An eminent historian distills the War to End All Wars into a concise and brilliant single volume
The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. Fourteen million combatants died, four empires were destroyed, and even the victors empires were fatally damaged. World War I took humanity from the nineteenth century forcibly into the twentieth—and then, at Versailles, cast Europe on the path to World War II as well.
In World War One, Norman Stone, one of the worlds greatest historians, has achieved the almost impossible task of writing a terse and witty short history of the war. A captivating, brisk narrative, World War One is Stones masterful effort to make sense of one of the twentieth centurys pivotal conflicts.
About the Author
Norman Stone is the author of World War One, The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (winner of the Wolfson Prize), and Europe Transformed. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Center. He lives in Oxford and Istanbul.
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