The Allies used their victory to redraw the map and boundaries of Europe. Another reason is because everyone thought they were better than each other. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Centre. The Archduke went off in a rage, to visit in hospital an officer wounded by the earlier bomb. His overuse of the coma is criminal. World War One: A Short History is a brilliantly written, often very witty account, which makes a familiar story fresh and surprising. Each nation was confident of victory.
With respect to the reading part I learned a lot I had not known about the fighting on the Eastern front and in the Carpathians. Germany knowing France would attack quickly, they have quickly moved to invade Belgium before France could do anything. In World War One, Norman Stone, one of the world's greatest historians, has achieved the almost impossible task of writing a terse and witty short history of the war. Also, apparently Hemingway wrote a book called Goodbye to Arms. I distinctly remember that there were other people involved. The author of this book provides the reader with lots of information and details. I wanted to solve a big doubt I had: why the First World War began? He is the author of The Eastern Front, 1914-1917, Hitler: An Introduction, Europe Transformed and The Atlantic and its Enemies.
Also, it would be easier to follow troop movement by showing the army and general on each map. He doesn't try anything spectacular - he just tells the story in a straight forward manner and separated into short punchy chapters. So is his fondness for parenthesis. What about the Manhattan project? Kaiser Wilhelm, Churchill and others were very interesting men who have had much written about them, but in this book, they are just names. So it's called a 'Short History' and that's exactly what it is. Professor Stone is trenchant and opinionated; but for anyone wanting a concise history of World War I this is the book for that person.
In conclusion, one attack on one country led to have many attacks on many countries. Tragic but far from futile, its origins, events and legacy have roused impassioned debate, creating multiple interpretations and confusion for those encountering the period for the first time. Although reading is my favorite activity, the process which leads to publication is a mystery to me. The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. And the book solves this problem brilliantly. Stone also argues how the war birthed the 1917 Russian Revolution which then gave rise to Stalin, who gathered many Eastern European and Central Asian peoples into the communist country known as the Soviet Union.
He has published widely on the First World War and regularly broadcasts on television and radio as well as contributing to numerous journals, magazines and newspapers. As an example, some of the sentences have so many asides, colons, semi-colons and commas that at times it's quite difficult to read. If Russia developed infrastructures, allowing them to I wanted to solve a big doubt I had: why the First World War began? In this book there is a very strong and detailed description of World War 1. It does look at all the fronts too so there is a tremendous amount compressed into this slim volume and if you want anything more than an overview it needs to be followed up with more detailed works - of which there is a good list of recommendations. For some reason, I expected this book to include brief but essential discussions of the social history and diplomacy of the war; I should have been tipped off by the illustration on the front cover, which shows a gas-masked soldier on horseback.
However, I still Brisk and efficient, unlike the war itself. For an exalted examination of that idea, see George Steiner's In Bluebeard's Castle. In the afternoon, German howitzers arrived to deal with the difficult situation and the British retreated, parallel with Lanrezac's army. The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. This book has two of the things in history books which give me the vapors: 1 names of people, places, and ideas introduced without adequate explanation, and ii untranslated French. Then, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian assassin, and Austria declared war on Serbia, Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary, and finally Germany declared war on Russia.
For some reason, I expected this book to include brief but essential discussions of the social history and diplomacy of the war; I should have been tipped off by the illustration on the front cover, which shows a gas-masked soldier on horseback. Of course, if you have a paper copy of the book, you might stumble upon it by accident, while riffling through the book, wondering how such a thing achieved the dignity of print. If you want to get a solid understanding of World War One in an afternoon, this book would be hard to beat. Stone moves expertly across the years and geography of a conflict that still seems impossible to grasp in its stupidity and staggering cost — and not only in terms of lives and fortune: this war more or less accomplished the suicide of European civilization. Consider this passage from 1914: Further to the north Lanrezac's army also did badly, and began to retreat away from Namur.
Somewhat frightening, too, as the nationalism strain seems to be rearing its head once again in many places. This isn't for tactical military historians, but is full of insights and theories about strategy. Which is why—if you are as confused as I am—you should pick up terrific Basic Books, 2009. I wish I could write like this. The entire population is involved. Stone adds just enough personalia and dry wit to keep the whole thing entertaining as well as informative and thought-provoking. This is especially the case early on.
In 1916, France has started to push into the Germans to kill them off but Germans killed a lot of French men using gas weapons. No brief history of a subject so large can do full justice to all of its aspects, and Stone does not attempt to take up topics in the social history of the war in more than passing mentions, but readers will find his 190-page treatment compelling, and even disagreements with major or minor points of interpretation should lead to further investigation, such as can be found in the nine-page bibliographic essay on sources at the end of the book. Hmm, didn't I hear something about the deadliest influenza epidemic in history taking place at that time? I have a great interest in this time period and in learning more about the war and this book was a good way to dip a toe in without feeling overwhelmed. Stone knows a great deal - that's obvious - and often drops in names and places without much reference or as though the reader will already be aware of who's who and what's what. Fourteen million combatants died, a further twenty million were wounded, four empires were destroyed and even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.
However, the author's too-frequent use of parentheticals chopped the story up, and often the little asides did not add much or assumed the reader knew more. The book also has maps, which refer to many of the places mentioned in the book. In reverse gear such automobiles sometimes stalled, and this one did so - Count Harrach on the wrong side, away from the café where one of the assassination team was calming his nerves. In conclusion, Germany and France's battle lasted from July 1914 to November 1915. Because the Russians backed out, the Germans were victorious on the Eastern Front, and this led to the Germans regrouping and becoming more offensive on the Western Front, as their forces in the east were sent to the west to help with their military effort.