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Despite the avalanche of books written about the First World War in recent years, there ... more

have been comparatively few books that have
concentrated on delivering the big picture--a
comprehensive account of the war and its campaigns
from start to finish--and this book fills the gap
superbly. As readers familiar with John Keegan's
previous books, such as the The Face Battle, Six
Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, will
know, Keegan is a historian of the old school. He
has no earth-shattering new theories to challenge
the status quo, no first-person accounts to tug on
the emotions; what he does have, though, is the
gift for talking the lay person through the twists
and turns of a complex narrative in a way that is
never less than accessible or engaging. Keegan
never tries to ram his learning down your throat.
Where other authors have struggled to explain how
Britain could ever allow itself to be dragged into
such a war in 1914, Keegan keeps it practical. The
level of communications that we enjoy today just
didn't exist then, and so it was much harder to
keep track of what was going on. By the time a
message had finally reached the person in
question, the situation may have changed out of
all recognition. Keegan applies this same
"cock-up" theory of history to the rest of the
war, principally the three great disasters at
Gallipoli, the Somme, and Passchendaele. The
generals didn't send all those troops to their
death deliberately; they did so out of
incompetence, ineptitude, and because they had no
idea of what was actually going on at the front.
Whether deliberate or not, though, the end result
was nearly one million dead British and
Commonwealth soldiers. The First World War is not
afraid to point the finger at those generals who
deserve it, but even Keegan has to admit he
doesn't have all the answers. If it all seems so
obviously futile and such a massive waste of life
now, he asks, how could it have seemed worthwhile
back then? Why did so many people carry on,
knowing they would die? Why indeed. --John Crace

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land, sea and in the air, together with
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how the war also acted as an engine for social
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political fault lines that imperil European
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Despite the avalanche of books written about the First World War in recent years, there ... more

have been comparatively few books that have
concentrated on delivering the big picture--a 
comprehensive account of the war and its campaigns
from start to finish--and this book fills the  gap
superbly.  As readers familiar with John Keegan's
previous books, such as the The Face of Battle,
Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War,
will know,  Keegan is a historian of the old
school. He has no earth-shattering new theories to
challenge the  status quo, no first-person
accounts to tug on the emotions; what he does
have, though, is the  gift for talking the lay
person through the twists and turns of a complex
narrative in a way that is  never less than
accessible or engaging.  Keegan never tries to ram
his learning down your throat. Where other authors
have struggled to  explain how Britain could ever
allow itself to be dragged into such a war in
1914, Keegan keeps it  practical. The level of
communications that we enjoy today just didn't
exist then, and so it was  much harder to keep
track of what was going on. By the time a message
had finally reached the  person in question, the
situation may have changed out of all recognition.
 Keegan applies this same "cock-up" theory of
history to the rest of the war, principally the
three  great disasters at Gallipoli, the Somme,
and Passchendaele. The generals didn't send all
those  troops to their death deliberately; they
did so out of incompetence, ineptitude, and
because they  had no idea of what was actually
going on at the front. Whether deliberate or not,
though, the end  result was nearly one million
dead British and Commonwealth soldiers. The First
World War is not afraid to point the finger at
those generals who deserve it, but  even Keegan
has to admit he doesn't have all the answers. If
it all seems so obviously futile and  such a
massive waste of life now, he asks, how could it
have seemed worthwhile back then? Why  did so many
people carry on, knowing they would die? Why
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In this study of World War I the author presents the military conflict, the battles on land, sea and in the air, together with interpretations of military events. He also shows how the war also acted as an engine for social change which shapes our world today.

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Type Non-Fiction
Genre History
Subgenre World War I
Publisher Ccv
Release Date 02.09.1999
Author John Keegan
Title The First World War
EAN 9780712666459

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