The First World War by Hew Strachan

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“This serious, compact survey of the war’s history stands out as the most well-informed, accessible work available.” (Los Angeles Times)

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as military historian Hew Strachan argues in this brilliant and authoritative new book, the legacy of the “war to end all wars” is with us still. The First World War was a truly global conflict from the start, with many of the most decisive battles fought in or directly affecting the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than World War II, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world, especially in hot spots like the Middle East and the Balkans.

Strachan has done a masterful job of reexamining the causes, the major campaigns, and the consequences of the First World War, compressing a lifetime of knowledge into a single definitive volume tailored for the general reader. Written in crisp, compelling prose and enlivened with extraordinarily vivid photographs and detailed maps, The First World War re-creates this world-altering conflict both on and off the battlefield—the clash of ideologies between the colonial powers at the center of the war, the social and economic unrest that swept Europe both before and after, the military strategies employed with stunning success and tragic failure in the various theaters of war, the terms of peace and why it didn’t last.

Drawing on material culled from many countries, Strachan offers a fresh, clear-sighted perspective on how the war not only redrew the map of the world but also set in motion the most dangerous conflicts of today. Deeply learned, powerfully written, and soon to be released with a new introduction that commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, The First World War remains a landmark of contemporary history.

 

About Hew Strachan

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Hew Strachan is the Chichele Professor of the History of War and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. The editor of The Oxford History of the First World War, he is writing a three-volume history of the First World War, the first volume of which was published in 2001 to wide acclaim.
 
Published April 5, 2005 by Penguin Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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A well-conceived and lucidly written survey of the 20th century's first great bloodletting, with close attention to little-known episodes in and preceding the conflict.

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One of the leading historians of WWI offers this superior one-volume version of his massive projected three-volume work, the first volume of which, To Arms , cloc

Mar 08 2004 | Read Full Review of The First World War

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The First World War by Hew Strachan Simon and Schuster £25, pp350 The Great War: An Imperial History by John H.

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The First World War Volume I: To Arms Hew Strachan Oxford £30, pp1228 Almost everyone born in the twentieth century grew up in the shadow of the First World War.

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The First World War, Vol I: To Arms Hew Strachan 1,227pp, Oxford, £30 Hew Strachan's offensive has been brewing for some time.

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This is likely to be the most indispensable one-volume work on the subject since John Keegan's First World War , and will draw serious readers to the larger work.

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