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Author Keegan, John, 1934-2012.

Title The First World War / John Keegan.

Published New York : A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.3 KEEG    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  940.3 KEEG    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st American ed.
Physical description xvi, 475 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes Maps of Europe and the world at war in 1914.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-455) and index.
Contents 1. A European Tragedy -- 2. War Plans -- 3. The Crisis of 1914 -- 4. The Battle of the Frontiers and the Marne -- 5. Victory and Defeat in the East -- 6. Stalemate -- 7. The War Beyond the Western Front -- 8. The Year of Battles -- 9. The Breaking of Armies -- 10. America and Armageddon.
Summary The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe's crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent. But the heart of Keegan's superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict.
Subject World War, 1914-1918.
ISBN 0375400524