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The making of the First World War / Ian F. W. Beckett.

By: Beckett, I. F. W. (Ian Frederick William).
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012Description: 1 online resource (xii, 263 p.) ill.ISBN: 0300163665 (electronic bk.); 9780300163667 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 | World War, 1914-1918 -- InfluenceAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 940.3 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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The title of this book is misleading. Beckett (Univ. of Kent, UK) does not engage in the usual arguments about war origins, aims, or outcomes. Instead, he intends "to provoke debate on the wider consequences of war by suggesting alternate ways of identifying key moments in a conflict." Twelve unrelated chapters proceed in chronological order from the flooding of Belgian fields in 1914 to the German offensives of 1918; in between, among other topics, are Turkey's entry into the war, the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, air raids on London, and Wilson's Fourteen Points. There is nothing new here, and fewer than 10 percent of the references in the endnotes are to archival sources. Beckett is serving tapas rather than a hearty meal. But the tapas are tasty because he has an eye for biographical detail: a fine description of the Australian journalist Charles Bean; Erich Ludendorff so energetic and nervous that he rolled bread crumbs at the dining table. Packed with cumbersome if fascinating detail, yet without maps to help with explanations, this book is an idiosyncratic creation. Although not a scholarly work, it is one that scholars can appreciate--and mine for amusing stories. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. M. Swartz emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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