First World War A Complete History

ISBN-10: 0805076174
ISBN-13: 9780805076172
Edition: 2nd
Authors: Martin Gilbert
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List price: $26.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The acclaimed British historian offers a majestic, single-volume work incorporating all major fronts-domestic, diplomatic, military-for "a stunning achievement of research and storytelling" (Publishers Weekly) It was to be the war to end all wars, and it began at 11:15 on the morning of June 28, 1914, in an outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo. It would end officially almost five years later. Unofficially, it has never ended: the horrors we live with today were born in the First World War. It left millions-civilians and soldiers-maimed or dead. And it left us with new technologies of death: tanks, planes, and submarines; reliable rapid-fire machine guns and field artillery; poison gas and chemical warfare. It introduced us to U-boat packs and strategic bombing, to unrestricted war on civilians and mistreatment of prisoners. Most of all, it changed our world. In its wake, empires toppled, monarchies fell, whole populations lost their national identities as political systems, and geographic boundaries were realigned. Instabilities were institutionalized, enmities enshrined. And the social order shifted seismically. Manners, mores, codes of behavior; literature and the arts; education and class distinctions-all underwent a vast sea change. And in all these ways, the twentieth century can be said to have been born on the morning of June 28, 1914. "One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century." -The New York Times Book Review (cover)

Martin Gilbert, 1936 - Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 to a jeweler. He was sent to Canada at the age of 3 and a half in an effort to escape the war, but was returned home soon thereafter. He attended Highgate School from 1945 til 1954. Gilbert then joined the British Army for a few years, and went on to Magdalen College at Oxford. He graduated from Oxford in 1960 and wrote his first book, called "The Appeasers." In 1961, after a year of research and writing, Gilbert was asked to join a team of researchers working for Winston Churchill. At the age of 25, he was formally inducted into the team, doing all of his own research. Gilbert became known as Churchill's official biographer and has remained so for thirty years. He is a fellow of Oxford College at Merton and has written over 40 books, some on Churchill, such as his multivolume treatise called "Churchill" as well as books on the Holocaust, "Surviving the Holocaust" and books on the war itself, "The Second World War." Long after Churchill died, Gilbert chronicled his efforts in the war and in making the world a better place for all her people to exist. He continues to write on the struggles of Jews during the war and the histories of this world, from culture to culture.

List of maps
List of illustrations
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Prelude to war
'Wild with joy'
The Opening struggle
From Mons to the Marne
Digging in: the start of trench warfare
Towards the first Christmas: 'mud and slime and vermin'
Stalemate and the search for breakthroughs
The Gallipoli landings
The Entente in danger
The Central Powers in the ascendant
The continuing failure of the Entente
'This war will end at Verdun'
'Europe is mad. The world is mad.'
The Battle of the Somme: 'It is going to be a bloody holocaust'
War on every front
The intensification of the war
War, desertion, mutiny
Stalemate in the west, turmoil in the east
Battle at Passchendaele; Revolution in Russia
The terms of war and peace
The Central Powers on the verge of triumph
Germany's last great onslaught
'The battle, the battle, nothing else counts'
The Allied counter-attack
The turn of the tide
The collapse of the Central Powers
The final armistice
Peacemaking and remembrance
'.... to the memory of that great company'
Bibliography
Maps
Index

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