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by James L. Stokesbury

Free eBook Short History of World War I download ISBN: 1439512647
Author: James L. Stokesbury
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-08-15; Reprint edition (August 15, 2008)
Language: English
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Download books for free. World War I saw the introduction of modern technology into the military arena: The tank, airplane, machine gun, submarine, and - most lethal of all - poison gas, all received their first widespread use. Professor Stokesbury analyzes these technological innovations and the war's complex military campaigns in lucid detail. At the same time he discusses the great political events that unfolded during the war, such as the Russian Revolution and the end of the Hapsburg dynasty, putting the social and political side of the war into the context of modern European history.

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World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918

World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers). World War I saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction due to new military technologies and the horrors of trench warfare.

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World War I was a bloodletting so vast and unprecedented that for a generation it was known simply as the Great War. Casualty lists reached unimagined proportions as the same ground -- places like Ypres and the Somme -- was fought over again and again. Other major bloody battles remain vivid in memory to this day: Gallipoli and the Battle of Jutland are but two examples. Europe was at war with itself, and the effect on Western civilization was profound, its repercussions felt even today.

World War I saw the introduction of modern technology into the military arena: The tank, airplane, machine gun, submarine, and -- most lethal of all -- poison gas, all received their first widespread use. Professor Stokesbury analyzes these technological innovations and the war's complex military campaigns in lucid detail. At the same time he discusses the great political events that unfolded during the war, such as the Russian Revolution and the end of the Hapsburg dynasty, putting the social and political side of the war into the context of modern European history.

A Short History of World War I is the first history of this war to be written in twenty years. It incorporates recent research and current thinking about the war in a highly readable and lively style.

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Risa
I'm a history buff (not an expert by any means, just enjoy it) and realized a few years ago that my knowledge of The Great War was almost zero. However, I wasn't quite ready to tackle a tome, like Shelby Foote's Civil War masterpiece, or even Tuchman's Guns Of August. I wanted a well-written, high-level account that explained the important events, and their context, without getting into what the Kaiser had for breakfast. This is it! I bought the Kindle edition on BookBub-dot-com for $1.99. It's incredibly well-written, the narratives are coherent, covers all the major campaigns, provides the strengths and flaws of the major leaders and the icing on the cake is Stokesbury's sense of humor. It's almost as though I took a dose of medicine that went down like biscuits and gravy. Highly recommended as a good introduction to this conflict. My only grumble is this: in the Kindle edition, the maps are so small and faint as to be useless. Lucky for me I found the US Military Academy web page devoted to maps of WW1.
Danial
World War I has never gotten the kind of coverage in books and movies as World War II. Partly I think it's because it's hard to understand the genesis of the war. It's complicated, and based in an obsolete system of monarchical government that depended on all kinds of secret and less-than-transparent treaties and alliances.

This book begins by acknowledging the complexity, and that no one really understands the whole story of why the war began. But it gamely tries, and does a pretty good job. Consider this one person's way of looking at it, but it's a very informed and plausible view.

Then the actual war is laid out, without trying to hide the horror, the mistakes, or the human cost. The level of detail felt right to me. Going on too long about horrible things can be numbing, and I didn't get that feeling from this book.

I've read two other books about WWI, and this is easily better than either of them. If you want to repair the gaps in your own understanding of this important piece of history, this book is a good place to start.
Ffrlel
I have had a long-term interest in the Great War, but never understood much about its conduct. This remarkable volume filled that void, weaving together the stories from the various fronts in the war. The book was particularly useful in explaining the fundamental problems of the participants and the limitations upon the conduct of the war imposed by the failures of leadership to understand the new reality of a mechanized war. Ultimately, the book shows that the war was one of attrition in which immense losses were suffered by all and the fall of Germany was a result of its exhaustion shortly before the Allies would have exhausted themselves.

My only criticism is the absence of good maps. With better maps, it would be much easier to understand the progress of the various battles
Lyrtois
I'm a huge amateur fan of WW I history for two reasons. It started in such an off-hand way, with everyone agreeing it wouldn't take more than a few weeks to fight. It also really involved much of the world because the number of empires dragged in most of the continents.

This is a short history, so I finished with as many questions as I started with, but they were different, deeper questions. I felt like the book gave me exactly what it promised. Enough history to understand how Europe started the war, why it went on and on, how it became a world war, why the ending was such a nightmare that led to WW II. Excellent book.
Hanelynai
Mr. Strokesbury has done an outstanding job of reviewing World War One. The fighting on the Western Front, the war at sea, the diplomatic intrigues, the financial struggle, and much much more are all included in a pity yet very readable book on what was probably the most important event of the 20th Century. A Short History of World War I pulls no punches and open exposes the excesses of all sides as well as the overt stupidity of various leaders; however, the brilliance of a few men, Gen. Rawlinson for example, is also covered.

Like all histories the book needs more maps, but I think the best option is to purchase the West Point History Series Atlas of the Great War which has full page sized maps of the entire conflict which are helpful, to say the least.

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YSOP
I would highly recommend that anyone interested in WWI start with this book. The author gives a very good overall picture of what led up to it and what went on during it. There is lots of information about the main players, generals, politicians, battle plans, the politics, etc. that everyone who is interested in studying western warfare should know. It could easily serve as a reliable outline for those who want to read further about the war.
Onoxyleili
I have some letters and memorabilia that I want to donate to the National World War I museum in Kansas City, MO, but before I made the trip I wanted to learn more about World War I. This book tells the story from how the various governments in Europe were thinking well before the war started, through all the significant battles to the end. The author tells the story in a far more interesting way than if you were reading a history book, adding personal observations (that everyone may not agree with) along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it even if you don't plan to visit the museum.
Very concise and well written account of WWI which I would recommend as a reminder of why the war started, how it was prosecuted and how it ended. A good overview of the leading military and political leaders of that time is presented and the author leaves it up to the reader to draw conclusions on each person's value to their countries. I learned much new information, especially on the number of countries involved, their ambitions and how disappointed they became at the conclusion of the war. The "winners" did not get what they anticipated and had to weigh the tragic loss of life with small gains in territory. The "losers" were allowed to eventually regain their military footing and lived to fight again in about 20 years. Seems like the world did not learn from this tragedy. How sad for all those affected families.