books about: 1914
Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914
Da Capo Press
Von Berchtold's War
Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Freud, Jung--everyone knows the names, but who were these people and what did they all have in common? How did Vienna link them all? And then there are the names that are not on the tip of one's tongue--Count Leopold von Berchtold, Gavrilo Princip, Trifko Grabez, Nedeljko Cabrinivic. Who in the world were these people and how did their actions lead the world into The ...
The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World
Holger H. Herwig
Excellent book that compares well with the standard Guns of August
This is an excellent book on the start of World War I which compares well with what is probably the best known book of this period - the Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. The author starts the book with the events that led up to the start of World War I. The assassination of the Austrian prince, the ultimatum by Austria to Serbia, the support by Germany, and the continual mistakes by the ...
A History of Fascism, 1914-1945
Stanley G. Payne
University of Wisconsin Press
(The numerical rating above is a default setting of Amazon's. This reviewer does not employ numerical ratings.) "Fascism" has been a term so abused by careless application as to render it meaningless. Payne restores the term's usefulness first by carefully defining the phenomenon, then tracing its roots in the disrupted and blood-soaked soil of World War I. By delineating the ...
Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 (New Approaches to European History)
Cambridge University Press
A Model of Its Kind
Imperial Germany and the Great War is a masterful combination of the political, social, and cultural history of the war with the relevant military events. I know of no single book that covers so much territory in so little space. Anyone interested in the what was going on behind the lines will find the answers here!
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Best Translation of an Epic Work
"August 1914" kicks off the epic "Red Wheel" as Solzhenitsyn tries to capture the coming of the Russian Revolution in a series of novels. Another man's book is on Solzhenitsyn's mind; how can a Russian novelist write an epic on war and not confront Tolstoy and "War and Peace"? Tolstoy even makes a brief appearance at the start of the book. Solzhenitsyn guides the reader through the disastrous ...
Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914 (Short Oxford History of the Modern World)
Oxford University Press, USA
Very Good Book
I used this book for my class on Nineteenth Century Europe. We started in 1815 following the fall of Napoleon and ended on the verge of World War I. This is a very good book and it covers all the information on this very critical time period in European History. The Nineteenth Century came after the French Revolution and before the First World War and was much different from both the 18th and ...
German Battleships 1914-18 (2) (New Vanguard)
Supported by official documents, personal accounts, official drawings and specially commissioned artwork, this volume is an enlightening history of the key classes of Kaiser, Kżnig and Bayern that formed the backbone of the German Imperial Navy throughout World War I. It details the technological revolution that had taken place to ensure the building of these largest dreadnought classes, in particular the developments in size and armament as ...
The Birth of the Modern World: 1780-1914 (Blackwell History of the World)
C. A. Bayly
As good as history gets
This book is going to revolutionize how we think about the history of globalization. To the traditional gaze from the West Eastword, it gives equal relevance to how the East influenced the West. For instance, it makes the important argument that nationalism was not just a western concept but arose relatively independently in many non-western countries. By looking at exchanges in both ...
AIRCRAFT OF WWI: 1914-1918 (Essential Aircraft Identification Guide)
Illustrated with detailed artworks of combat aircraft and their markings, 'The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Aircraft of WWI' is a comprehensive study of the aircraft that fought in the Great War of 1914-18. Arranged chronologically by theater of war and campaign, this book offers a complete organizational breakdown of the units on all the fronts, including the Eastern and Italian Fronts. Each campaign includes a compact history of ...
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
Barbara W. Tuchman
A Little Known Period With Facinating Characters
One of the things I love about Barbara Tuchman is her ability to bring people in history to life for me. In "The Proud Tower", she gives a distinct and in depth view of people who shaped politics and the world before World War I. It is often the long decades before a major conflict that lead to the inevitability of war. Her unique coverage of the various stresses that led to the eventual ...
The First Battle of the Marne 1914: The French 'miracle' halts the Germans (Campaign)
Great Maps and Effective Narrative
The First Battle of the Marne in September 1914 has long been considered both a decisive and yet controversial military operation, one that could have been won by either side. The fact that it occurred 30 miles outside Paris, the object of the German envelopment through Belgium, lends a gravity to this battle that is missing from most other World War One battles - simply put, the Marne was not ...
Field Equipment of the Infantry, 1914-1945
Robert W. Fisch
The ultimate gift for the novice collector and the veteran
Robert Fisch has created an easy to read, user friendly reference work for both the begining collector and the seasoned veteran. The book is rich in photos and makes identification of items simple. There are also appendixes on care and maintance of leather and webbing items, excerps from Commandant lavisse's "Field Equipment of The Foot Soldier" and National markings. Every collector and ...
Decisions for War, 1914-1917
Richard F. Hamilton
Holger H. Herwig
Cambridge University Press
Idiot politicians do what they do best
Very good and scholarly work. This book could only have been written when many of the "secret archives" became available after the Berlin wall came down. Many of the German documents were stored in eastern Germany, thus unavailable to modern scholars of the period. Austria wanted to have a "small" Balkan war that they could win quickly. The various treaties between France, Russia,and Great ...
A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
G. J. Meyer's "Labor of Love" is a Historical Classic
First off, let's say what this book is not. It's not a complete history of World War I. Africa is ignored (a shame really, Paul von Lettow Vorbeck is easily one of the German Army's greatest generals and a good man), the war at sea is only touched upon and no mention is made of the great flying aces like Richtofen, Boelcke, Mannock, Bishop and Ball. This book certainly could have used more maps, ...
The German Sniper: 1914-1945
Peter R. Senich
The book had a great deal of information about the different models, production and specifics. A great reference or just general knowledge.
The Promised City: New York's Jews, 1870-1914, Revised edition (Peabody Museum)
Harvard University Press
Rischin paints a vivid picture of Jewish life in New York at the turn of the century. Here are the old neighborhoods and crowded tenements, the Rester Street markets, the sweatshops, the birth of Yiddish theatre in America, and the founding of important Jewish newspapers and labor movements. The book describes, too, the city's response to this great influx of immigrants?a response that marked the beginning of a new concept of social ...
The Response to Industrialism, 1885-1914 (The Chicago History of American Civilization)
Samuel P. Hays
University Of Chicago Press
They couldn't keep 'em down on the farm
One reason, perhaps, that recent presidential and congressional campaigns have been so rancorous is the same reason condo politics are so vicious: The stakes are so small. If self-government through responsible institutions really is a superior way to organize society, then it follows that over time many problems would be permanently solved. And so it is. We no longer argue whether to have ...
Real War 1914-1918
Captain B.H. Liddell Hart
Little, Brown and Company
World War I
This is an excellent history of WWI, giving insight into the causes, the people, and the battles.
Eastern Front 1914-1917
Useful Synopsis of the major events on the Russian Front
As a persom born in Russia and obliged to study Russian History albeit at a slunted angle, I have rather good knowledge of the War and the following events. Official history was supplemented by my avid reading of all kind of memories of the prominent figures of the Army, Government, and Society, however I found out that Author is absolutely correct, there is no Military History of the World War I ...
Europe 1783?1914 provides a comprehensive overview of Europe from the background of the French Revolution to the origins of the First World War. William Simpson and Martin Jones combine accounts of the most important countries with the wider political, economic, social and cultural themes affecting Europe as a whole, including: the impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon the rise of industry the growth of nationalism ...
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