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Fighting the Great War A Global History

ISBN-10: 0674022513
ISBN-13: 9780674022515
Edition: 2005
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Description: Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Despair at Gallipoli. Victory at Vimy Ridge. A European generation lost, an American spirit found. The First World War, the deadly herald of a new era, continues to captivate readers. In this lively book, Michael Neiberg offers a concise history based on the latest research and insights into the soldiers, commanders, battles, and legacies of the Great War. Tracing the war from Verdun to Salonika to Baghdad to German East Africa, Neiberg illuminates the global nature of the conflict. More than four years of mindless slaughter in the trenches on the western front, World War I was the first fought in three dimensions: in the air, at sea, and through mechanized ground warfare. New weapons systems--tanks, bomber aircraft, and long-range artillery--all shaped the battle environment. Moving beyond the standard portrayal of the war's generals as "butchers and bunglers," Neiberg offers a nuanced discussion of officers constrained by the monumental scale of complex events. Diaries and letters of men serving on the front lines capture the personal stories and brutal conditions--from Alpine snows to Mesopotamian sands--under which these soldiers lived, fought, and died. Generously illustrated, with many never-before-published photographs, this book is an impressive blend of analysis and narrative. Anyone interested in understanding the twentieth century must begin with its first global conflict, and there is no better place to start than with Fighting the Great War.

List of Illustrations
Timeline of Major Events
Important People
Introduction: An Exchange of Telegrams
A Cruel Disillusion: The German Invasion and the Miracle of the Marne
Loosed Like Wild Beasts: The War in Eastern Europe
The Country of Death: Stalemate on the Western Front
Ordered to Die: Gallipoli and the Eastern Fronts
Gordian Knots: American Neutrality and the Wars for Empire
Bleeding France White: The Agony of Verdun
A War against Civilization: The Chantilly Offensives and the Somme
Driving Out the Devil: Collapse in the East
Salvation and Sacrifice: American Entry, Vimy Ridge, and the Chemin des Dames
A Few Miles of Liquid Mud: The Battle of Passchendaele
Not War as We Knew It: The U-Boat Menace and War in Africa
Jerry's Turn: The Ludendorff Offensives
One Hundred Days to Victory: Amiens to the Meuse-Argonne
Conclusion: An Armistice at Any Price
Notes
Primary Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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