The First World War:Volume I: To Arms: Volume I: To Arms

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OUP Oxford, Feb 6, 2003 - History - 1248 pages
This is the first truly definitive history of the First World War, the war that has done most to shape the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to only a limited range of sources, and their focus was primarily on military events. More recent approaches have embraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In Hew Strachan's authoritative and readable history these fresh perspectives are incorporated with the military and strategicnarrative. The result is an account that breaks the bounds of national preoccupations to become both global and comparative.To Arms, the first of three volumes in this magisterial study, examines not only the causes of the war and its opening clashes on land and sea, but also the ideas that underpinned it, and the motivations of the people who supported it. It provides full and pioneering accounts of the war's finances, of the war in Africa, and of the Central Powers' bid to widen the war outside Europe.

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

Not the most exciting prose at times but very complete. If you want to know the interest rate on the third issue of Bulgarian war bonds, for example, this is the book for you. Read full review

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With 1135 pages, and being only the first of a trilogy this is certainly the most extensive work on the First World War written so far. Being one of the leading scholars on the subject Dr Strachan ... Read full review

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Hew Strachan is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He is also Director of the Scottish Center for War Studies and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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