World War One by Norman Stone
A Short History

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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 world’s 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 Stone’s masterful effort to make sense of one of the twentieth century’s pivotal conflicts.


About Norman Stone

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Norman Stone has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Center. Stone is the author of World War One, The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 (winner of the Wolfson Prize), and Europe Transformed.
Published April 28, 2009 by Basic Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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The author skims over some fascinating cultural elements, including the tremendous outpouring of trench literature and poetry, but he manages to address every military and political facet of the Great War in this welcome look at its manifestations beyond the Western Front.

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A new condensed history of World War I, from the map rooms to the trenches to the tombs.

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Another of Stone's themes in this account of Louis-Ferdinand Celine's 'vaccinated apocalypse' is the degree to which the Great War marked a turning point in Europe's journey towards the global tensions of the contemporary world.

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Then, as now, it made sense for nation-states, at times, to contain the fighting by avoiding an all-out commitment to war, as the British and French did in North America in 1754, before the outbreak of full-scale war in Europe two years later, or as the U.S. and China did in Korea between 1950 an...

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