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.
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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.| Read Full Review of World War One: A Short History
A new condensed history of World War I, from the map rooms to the trenches to the tombs.Jul 05 2009 | Read Full Review of World War One: A Short History
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.Aug 11 2007 | Read Full Review of World War One: A Short History
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...Sep 18 2009 | Read Full Review of World War One: A Short History
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