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By Hew Strachan

An excellent and penetrating new background of the 1st international warfare via one of many world's ultimate specialists at the clash. Reissued with a brand new creation from the writer.

Hew Strachan is without doubt one of the world's most desirable specialists at the nice struggle of 1914-18. His on-going three-volume historical past of the clash, the 1st of which used to be released in 2001, is probably going to turn into the traditional educational reference paintings: Max Hastings known as it 'one of the main striking books of contemporary heritage in a generation', whereas Richard Holmes hailed it as a 'towering achievement'.

Now, Hew Strachan brings his vast wisdom to a one-volume paintings aimed squarely on the common reader. the muse in the back of the key Channel four sequence of an identical identify, to which Hew was once leader advisor, the 1st international battle is an important addition to the literature in this topic, taking because it does a uniquely international view of what's frequently misconceived as a chronic skirmish at the Western entrance. Exploring such theatres because the Balkans, Africa and the Ottoman Empire, Strachan assesses Britain's participation within the mild of what grew to become a fight for the defence of liberalism, and express how the conflict formed the 'short' 20th century that it.

Accessible, compelling and totally convincing, this is often sleek historical past writing at its most interesting.

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