- By Ian F.W. Beckett

The Making of the First World War

  • Title: The Making of the First World War
  • Author: Ian F.W. Beckett
  • ISBN: 9780300162028
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Making of the First World War Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria Hungary s Archduke Ferdinand yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still In this provocative book

    Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria Hungary s Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today Focusing on episodes both well known andNearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria Hungary s Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today Focusing on episodes both well known and scarcely remembered, Beckett tells the story of the Great War from a new perspective, stressing accident as much as strategy, the small as well as the great, the social as well as the military, and the long term as much as the short term.The Making of the First World War is global in scope The book travels from the deliberately flooded fields of Belgium to the picture palaces of Britain s cinema, from the idealism of Wilson s Washington to the catastrophic German Lys offensive of 1918 While war is itself an agent of change, Beckett shows, the most significant developments occur not only on the battlefields or in the corridors of power, but also in hearts and minds Nor may the decisive turning points during years of conflict be those that were thought to be so at the time With its wide reach and unexpected conclusions, this book revises and expands our understanding of the legacy of the First World War.

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    1. I confess to a certain appalled fascination with World War I, which began with the almost-botched assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo (detailed with grim irony in the first chapter of Sean McMeekin’s new book) and led, through a series of diplomatic stumbles and geriatric imbecility, to the suicide of European civilization – Kindermord, the "slaughter of the innocents," the deliberate, unimaginable carnage of the best and the brightest followed by everyone else. Within four years the wa [...]

    2. As the centennial to WWI approaches and the 100-year-secrecy ban lifts on many documents, we can expect to see a LOT of new books on WWI. Beckett, who is a professor of history at University College, Northampton, UK, chose here to focus on a few events that he feels are often-overlooked pivotal moments in the war.Those events Beckett feels are important include the flooding of the Yser in the fall of 1914, which Beckett asserts "effectively completed the continuous trench line of the Western Fro [...]

    3. This book fully explains the World War 1 and what happened in it. If you can handle how bored you will get at one point in a book then I would say go ahead and read this. I thought this book definitly explained the World War and put it in a new perspective for me. I got pretty bored though, but it is very informative. I think this is a book you picture an 90 year old reading but it works for school so I read it. Read if you dare to be bored.

    4. An intriguing approach, which highlights key points in the war which "make" it so significant. Not the usual list of campaigns &c but which helps the reader to see the bigger picture.

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