Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy

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Basic Books, 2009 - History - 624 pages
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David StevensonOCOs widely acclaimed history of World War I changes forever our understanding of that pivotal conflict. Countering the commonplace assumption that politicians lost control of events, and"
  

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Review: Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

The subject is interesting enough, of course, and the author is obviously knowledgeable, but the prose is turgid and flat. A great reference book, no doubt, but I could barely slog through. Read full review

Review: Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy

User Review  - Mark Singer - Goodreads

This is an excellent one-volume history of the Great War. The strength of this books is Stevenson's analysis of the causes and politics before, during, and after the war. Read full review

Contents

The Destruction of Peace
3
The Failure of the War of Movement Summer Winter 1914
37
ESCALATION
79
Making a New World Spring 1915 Spring 1917
81
The Widening of the War
87
War Aims and Peace Negotiations
103
The Land War in Europe Strategy
123
Technology Logistics and Tactics
145
The February Revolution and American Intervention Spring 1917
247
Towards Exhaustion Summer Autumn 1917
263
The Central Powers Last Throw Autumn 1917 Summer 1918
303
The Turn of the Tide Summer Autumn 1918
343
Ceasefire
379
LEGACY
407
Peacemaking 19191920
409
Rebuilding 19201929
431

Manpower and Morale
161
Armaments and Economics
179
Naval Warfare and Blockade
199
The Politics of the Home Fronts
215
OUTCOME
241
The Third Phase Spring 1917 Autumn 1918
243
Demolition 19291945
457
Conclusion The War Becomes History
477
Bibliography
489
Notes
511
Index
549
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David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous publications on this subject, including The First World War and International Politics and The Outbreak of the First World War: 1914 in Perspective. He lives in London.

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