Synopses & Reviews
An important reference work to the War to End all Wars!
- A Comprehensive reference work which examines the issues leading to the Great War from the viewpoint of all major European states
- Considers the social, cultural, and economic consequences of the war.
- Explores historical controversies, alliances and diplomatic maneuverings and provides short biographies of key participants.
The Longman Companion to the First World War is a comprehensive reference work to one of the most devastating conflicts in modern history. The Great War traumatized a generation and shaped the whole of the twentieth century. This new book covers all aspects of the First World War from its origins and the course of the war, to the peace settlements and the crises it generated. Alongside the political events, Colin Nicolson also considers the social, cultural, and economic consequences of the war. He explores the battle fronts as well as the home fronts, emergent nations, and the settlement & costs of the conflicts. There is also a section of biographical sketches of key participants. Containing all the essential facts and figures, this is an important reference work for anyone needing a quick, easy to use guide to the First World War.
Colin Nicholson is at the University of North London.
This new Companion covers one of the most devastating conflicts in modern history. The Great War traumatised a generation and shaped the whole of the twentieth century. Speaking as loudly as any first-hand account, the facts and figures laid out in this volume reveal the sheer massive destruction caused by the war. Covering all aspects of the conflict from its origins and course to the peace settlements and the crises they generated, Colin Nicolson unravels historical controversies and also considers the social, cultural and economic consequences of the war for the whole of Europe. Containing all the essential facts and figures this Companion will be greatly welcomed by teachers, academics and students alike.
The First World War was one of the single most important events of the twentieth century. Spanning the globe it was both complex in its origins and disastrous in its conclusions, leaving a legacy which would lead ultimately to the even greater destruction of the Second World War. This companion provides a source of accurate information and clear explanation of the issues surrounding the First World War in Europe, including the cultural climate, military campaigns, war aims and peace efforts and the diverse home fronts. The many helpful features of the volume include: * Explanatory maps
* Critical biographies
* Glossary of unfamiliar terms
* Extensive critical bibliography
* Clear and reader friendly charts and graphs This book is much more than a list of facts: political, social and cultural significance of events are explained clearly, and the reader is made aware of their wider implication and context. Issues are looked at from the perspective of all the major European countries, showing how the same events can be viewed very differently through the distorting lenses of competing national ambitions, and how the belligerents responded in radically different ways to the challenges of international crisis and total war. Colin Nicolson is Senior Lecturer in History, University of North London.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-300) and index.