The First World War by Michael Howard
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By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the 'Great War', focusing on why it happened, how it was fought, and why it had the consequences it did.

It examines the state of Europe in 1914 and the outbreak of war; the onset of attrition and crisis; the role of the US; the collapse of Russia; and the weakening and eventual surrender of the Central Powers. Looking at the historical controversies surrounding the causes and conduct of war, Michael Howard also describes how peace was ultimately made, and the potent legacy of resentment left to Germany.

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Michael Howard is is a principal security program manager on the Trustworthy Computing Group's Security Engineering team at Microsoft. He is the author or coauthor of many well-known software security books and is an editor of IEEE Security & Privacy. David LeBlanc, Ph.D., is a principal software development engineer on the Microsoft Office security team. He is a coauthor, with Michael Howard, of Writing Secure Code (Microsoft Press). John Viega is CTO of the SaaS Business Unit at McAfee and was previously their chief security architect. He is the author of five other security books. Mr. Viega first defined the 19 deadly sins of software security for the Department of Homeland Security.
Published January 25, 2007 by OUP Oxford. 134 pages
Genres: History, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Discussing refugees, he describes “the first trickle of that immense and miserable flood of uprooted humanity that was to characterize warfare for the rest of the century.” The author deals skillfully with the late, reluctant entry of the US into the conflict, occasioned by German submarine attac...

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In Bloody Victory: the Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century, Haig may not exactly be his hero – at one stage he is described as being “self-centred and petty-minded to the end” – but that does not prevent him from being presented as “the man who won the war”.

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Fischer produced two ground-breaking books on German war aims and German planning for war that completely changed the debate on the origins of the 1914-1918 war.

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