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14 18 Understanding the Great War

FREE READ Ë 14 18 Understanding the Great War With this brilliantly innovative book reissued for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I Stéphane Audoin Rouzeau and Annette Becker have shown that the Great War was the matrix on which all subseuent disasters of the twentieth century were formed Three elements of the conflict all too often neglected or de. The war to end all warsthat was the statement made after WWI Of course we know differently but why was this war uniue from all that went before All war is devastating but the Great War engenders particular horror to those who have studied it and the author posits correctly I believe that it was the matrix on which all subseuent disasters of the 20th century were formed This book is not about the battles and the gas and trenches but rather a sociological work which attempts to answer uestions about why and how civilized people could engage is such uncivilized behaviorThe book is divided into three major sections violence crusade and mourning And it does not just touch on the feelings and actions of fighting men but also examines the civilian populations who suffered and made others suffer through the four years of hell We hear their words and in some cases their excuses for what occurred and the author s interpretation of their actionsThis is a rather disturbing book that explores some of the myths that have arisen about WWI It is not a history of the war but a history of the effects of the war It is a slow read but well worth the time it takes

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FREE READ Ë 14 18 Understanding the Great War Nied are identified as those that must be grasped if we are to understand the war First what inspired its unprecedented physical brutality and what were the effects of tolerating such violence Second how did citizens of the belligerent states come to be driven by vehement nationalistic and racist impulses Third how did the. uite good not least for laying out the uestions that still need to be asked let alone answered about WWI Not a history but a linked series of three essays engagements to use a term French scholars like on Violence Crusade Why PeopleNations Fought and Mourning Especially sharp on the need for historians to act like historians and reclaim the war from veterans and politicians It moves adroitly between the individual and the mass the societal experience of mass death and the individual experience of death Implicit is that WWI laid the basis for what followed in the 20th century even in small details the gravestombs of the parents who had lost so many sons were smaller and less ornate than those of before the war elaborate tombs would have been unseemlyThis book really needed to have illustrations though The Weirdstone of Brisingamen how did citizens of the belligerent states come to be driven by vehement nationalistic and racist impulses Third The Paradise Prophecy how did the. uite good not least for laying out the uestions that still need to be asked let alone answered about WWI Not a Impedance Spectroscopy history but a linked series of three essays engagements to use a term French scholars like on Violence Crusade Why PeopleNations Fought and Mourning Especially sharp on the need for Can I Have a Word? historians to act like Zodiac The Eco Thriller historians and reclaim the war from veterans and politicians It moves adroitly between the individual and the mass the societal experience of mass death and the individual experience of death Implicit is that WWI laid the basis for what followed in the 20th century even in small details the gravestombs of the parents who The Other Lady Vanishes had lost so many sons were smaller and less ornate than those of before the war elaborate tombs would Alain Badiou dan Masa Depan Marxisme have been unseemlyThis book really needed to On Brick Lane have illustrations though

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FREE READ Ë 14 18 Understanding the Great War Tens of millions bereaved by the war come to terms with the agonizing pain With its strikingly original interpretative strength and its wealth of compelling documentary evidence drawn from all sides in the conflict 14 18 Understanding the Great War has uickly established itself as a classic in the history of modern warfar. 14 18 Understanding The Great War helps the reader understand the War through the understandings of those who fought it lived through it and commemorated it Chapter by chapter the authors examine how civilized societies turned into brutal warriors collectively and individually and how they dealt with this transformationThe magnitude of the struggle was unprecedented The neat wars of the past between professional armies were replaced by total war as masses were inducted into the military and entire nations were channeled into support of the war effort Civilians who had never fought before found themselves hating enemies they did not know picking off perfect strangers and cleaning trenches of the frightened and wounded What would they report about their service Although uniformed personnel suffered most of the casualties civilians found themselves bombarded expelled from their homes and forced to work for their country s invaders How do they reconcile their loyalty to homeland with their acts of self preservation How did the war affect the people s faith and how did men of the cloth and their flocks pray to the same God for help in killing their fellow men How did individuals and nations assuage their grief and with what rituals did they conduct their mourningAuthors Stephane Audoin Rouzeau and Annette Becker raise and try to answer these uestions and Originally written in French by French scholars it focuses on the French experience but not the exclusion of other belligerents The writing flows so well that I would not have known that it was a translation had I not been told I did pick up a few facts of interest Australia was the only significant belligerent not to adopt conscription most armies were dominated by peasants and War Memorials listing the dead and tombs of the unknown arose in the wake of the Great War At times I concluded that the American Civil War anticipated the course of the World War I and its aftermath A fairly balanced study of the Armenian Massacre is presented as the Turks sought to remove civilians potentially sympathetic to the Ottoman Empire s Russian enemies At the end of this work I felt that I was aware of some currents flowing below the surface of battle and politics that so often dominate other tomes Understanding will take reflection and reading It is a good read early in the Centennial as it will help readers appreciate some of the thoughts they will encounter in future histories For that it is worth picking upI did receive a free copy of this book with the hope but not the reuirement of a review

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • 14 18 Understanding the Great War
  • Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau
  • English
  • 12 October 2018
  • 9780809046430