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The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 (Modern Wars)

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This book draws on ten years of archival research to provide the first comprehensive treatment in English of how Germany and Austria-Hungary conducted World War I and what defeat meant to them.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published March 1997)
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'Aussie Rick'
Nov 23, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
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This book is one of the best you'll find in detailing the war from the view point of the Central Powers. It is also one of the very few that gives an account of the role played by Austrian-Hungarian forces. The author provides the reader equal coverage of the fighting on the Russian & Italian Fronts along with the Western Front. Overall a very well researched & detailed account and well worth the time to sit down and read!
Oct 19, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it
A great history of the war from the perspective of Germany and its junior partner Austria-Hungary. Herwig argues that the war became a stalemate due to Germany’s ill-advised alliance with the inept Habsburgs. He is also critical of the German high command and its handling of the western front. Herwig argues that Germany, despite its reputation for Prussian-style militarism, was no more prepared for war than any of the other belligerents, and he is particularly good at describing the roles of the ...more
Sean McLachlan
Feb 15, 2014 Sean McLachlan rated it it was amazing
The popular academic study of World War One in English has long suffered a deficit in the number of publications that use German sources. Herwig's hefty tome comes as a welcome change to this. At 450 dense pages, only serious history buffs need apply.
Those willing to make the effort, however, will find their understanding of the war enriched and changed. While we are long accustomed to hearing criticisms of the Entente's General staff, the commanders of the Central Powers are shown to have made
Jul 14, 2016 D rated it liked it
Книгата не е минала сериозна редакция явно, защото на места цели изречения от предишен абзац са повторени дума по дума, което демонстрира лош стил, но пък иначе дава доста ясна представа за истинските причини за обявяването на война на Сърбия от страна на Австро-Унгария, както и за реалната реакция в правителствата на Германия, Великобритания, Франция, Италия и Русия по това време и защо в крайна сметка войната от локално балканска става световна. Впоследствие етапът на самите бойни действия е р ...more
Arguably the modern text on the subject of how the Central Powers conducted their end of the war and what the cultural impact of it upon them was. A sometimes heartbreaking work, but all the better for it.
Andrew Latham
Jan 06, 2014 Andrew Latham rated it it was amazing
Read this about a decade back. Changed my entire perspective on the war -- and much for the better!
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Holger Herwig holds a dual position at the University of Calgary as Professor of History and as Canada Research Chair in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He received his BA (1965) from the University of British Columbia and his MA (1967) and Ph.D. (1971) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Herwig taught at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1971 ...more
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