Fighting the Great War: A Global History

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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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."

  

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Review: Fighting the Great War: A Global History

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

One of the best books I found that gives a good overview of World War 1. Doesnt get bogged down in endless descriptions of battles. Gives enough detail that you dont feel like there is something missing out. Definitely very readable for someone trying to find out more about world war 1. Read full review

Review: Fighting the Great War: A Global History

User Review  - Bart Breen - Goodreads

A Little Shallow, but Good for a One Volume Work I purchased this work to help me understand better the experience of my Grandfather who fought for Canada in WWI. Canada recently declassified WWI ... Read full review

Contents

An Exchange of Telegrams
1
The German Invasion andthe Miracle of the Marne
11
The War in Eastern Europe
38
Stalemate on the Western Front
67
American Neutrality and the Wars for Empire
123
The Agony of Verdun
150
The Chantilly Offensives and the Somme
177
Collapse in the East
203
American Entry Vimy Ridgeand the Chemin des Dames
229
The Battle of Passchendaele
254
The UBoat Menace and War in Africa
280
The Ludendorff Offensives
306
Amiens to the MeuseArgonne
331
An Armistice at Any Price
357
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About the author (2009)

Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the US Army War College from 2010-2012.

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