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An Illustrated History of the First World War

von John Keegan

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From a premier military historian comes a stunningly illustrated volume incorporating an abridged text of his bestselling "The First World War." Full color and b&w. Now Keegan has gathered together 475 photographs, maps, & other illustrations that allow us to see what his text so brilliantly describes: the startling ferocity of the conflict; the hellish nature of the trenches; the legendary battles of Flanders, the Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli, & their aftermaths; the tanks, submarines, & airplanes new to the battlefield; the faces of the statesmen who made the war & the soldiers who fought it. Together, text & illustrations give us the most comprehensive & illuminating history we have of the First World War, the progenitor of all 20th-century warfare. John Keegan's The First World War was everywhere praised, and became the definitive account of the war that created the modern world. The New York Times Book Review acclaimed Keegan as "the best military historian of our day," and the Washington Post called the book "a grand narrative history [and] a pleasure to read." Now Keegan gives us a lavishly illustrated history of the war, brilliantly interweaving his narrative-some of it derived from his classic work and some of it new-with a brilliant selection of photograps, paintings, cartoons and posters drawn from archives across Europe and America, some published here for the first time. These images take us into the heart of battles that have become legend: Ypres, Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme. They show us the generals' war and the privates' war-young soldiers, away from home for the first time, coming of age under fire. We see how a civilization at the height of its power and influence crippled itself as the faith in progress, rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment was shattered. We see how four empires-the German, the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman-collapsed, and how the seeds for the Second World War were planted. Keegan tells how ambition, mistrust and failures of diplomacy and communication all played a part in allowing this conflict to set ablaze what was then the world's most prosperous society. And he describes how the effects of this war lasted long after it ended; its ghosts still haunt Europe today. An iIllustrated History of the First World War carries us across the Europe of nearly a century ago, revealing the devastation, camaraderie, political machinations and battlefield maneuverings that changed the world. It presents the essential cast of that cataclysmic drama, from the decision makers at the top-Haig, Joffre, Hindenberg, Pershing-to the troops in the trenches. Through its unique amalgam of pictorial and narrative brilliance, the book illuminates the war as no other work has done.… (mehr)
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This book was filled photos, maps, and illustrations of the time. What surprised was the information that could be gathered just from he captions - such as trench warfare caused a stalemate and lengthened the war, the Russians actually had a female battalion fighting, the warfare was not just in Europe but in Asia and Africa as well, Germany had colonies in Africa, and Jews that spoke Yiddish were used as interpreters because Yiddish was very close to medieval German.

This book also re-emphasized that 20th century war tactics were completed different that the chivalrous days of old. ( )
  cyderry | Jul 21, 2015 |
A wonderful history of World War One with lavish photographs and illustrations. The book is an excellent introduction to the history of the war.
  xenchu | Jan 14, 2010 |
In a riveting narrative that puts diaries, letters and action reports to good use, British military historian Keegan (The Face of Battle, etc.) delivers a vivid history of the Great War. He is equally at ease (and equally generous and sympathetic) probing the hearts and minds of lowly soldiers in the trenches or examining the thoughts and motivations of leaders (such as Joffre, Haig and Hindenburg) who directed the maelstrom. In the end, Keegan leaves us with a brilliant, panoramic portrait of an epic struggle that was at once noble and futile, world-shaking and pathetic. The war was unnecessary, Keegan writes, because the train of events that led to it could have been derailed at any time, "had prudence or common goodwill found a voice." And it was tragic, consigning 10 million to their graves, destroying "the benevolent and optimistic culture" of Europe and sowing the seeds of WWII. While Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War offers a revisionist, economic interpretation of the causes of WWI, Keegan stands impressively mute before the unanswerable question he poses: "Why did a prosperous continent, at the height of its success as a source and agent of global wealth and power and at one of the peaks of its intellectual and cultural achievement, choose to risk all it had won for itself and all it offered to the world in the lottery of a vicious and local internecine conflict?"
  antimuzak | Jul 26, 2008 |
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  IraSchor | Apr 9, 2007 |
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From a premier military historian comes a stunningly illustrated volume incorporating an abridged text of his bestselling "The First World War." Full color and b&w. Now Keegan has gathered together 475 photographs, maps, & other illustrations that allow us to see what his text so brilliantly describes: the startling ferocity of the conflict; the hellish nature of the trenches; the legendary battles of Flanders, the Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli, & their aftermaths; the tanks, submarines, & airplanes new to the battlefield; the faces of the statesmen who made the war & the soldiers who fought it. Together, text & illustrations give us the most comprehensive & illuminating history we have of the First World War, the progenitor of all 20th-century warfare. John Keegan's The First World War was everywhere praised, and became the definitive account of the war that created the modern world. The New York Times Book Review acclaimed Keegan as "the best military historian of our day," and the Washington Post called the book "a grand narrative history [and] a pleasure to read." Now Keegan gives us a lavishly illustrated history of the war, brilliantly interweaving his narrative-some of it derived from his classic work and some of it new-with a brilliant selection of photograps, paintings, cartoons and posters drawn from archives across Europe and America, some published here for the first time. These images take us into the heart of battles that have become legend: Ypres, Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme. They show us the generals' war and the privates' war-young soldiers, away from home for the first time, coming of age under fire. We see how a civilization at the height of its power and influence crippled itself as the faith in progress, rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment was shattered. We see how four empires-the German, the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman-collapsed, and how the seeds for the Second World War were planted. Keegan tells how ambition, mistrust and failures of diplomacy and communication all played a part in allowing this conflict to set ablaze what was then the world's most prosperous society. And he describes how the effects of this war lasted long after it ended; its ghosts still haunt Europe today. An iIllustrated History of the First World War carries us across the Europe of nearly a century ago, revealing the devastation, camaraderie, political machinations and battlefield maneuverings that changed the world. It presents the essential cast of that cataclysmic drama, from the decision makers at the top-Haig, Joffre, Hindenberg, Pershing-to the troops in the trenches. Through its unique amalgam of pictorial and narrative brilliance, the book illuminates the war as no other work has done.

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