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14-18: Understanding the Great War

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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 subsequent disasters of the twentieth century were formed. Three elements of the conflict, all too often neglected or denied, are identified as those that must be gras ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Hill and Wang (first published 1998)
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Marks54
This is a good book on the general meaning of WW1 and on the historiography of the war -- how the story told by historians has changed over the years. The broad question is really about how to understand why WW1 was such a watershed and how it changed most everything that came after it. This is not a book about battles, campaigns, and peoples. Readers who want such historical detail should read some of the many fine one volume histories that have come out prior to the centennial. This book is mo ...more
Brendan Hodge
14-18 is a social rather than a military or political history; it examines how people thought about the Great War during the war itself, how the people it touched were changed by the war, and how the view of the war changed afterward as a result of those experiences.

It is a fascinating book which relies heavily on primary sources. More importantly, it looks at what people said during the war as well as what they said after the war, and examines the changes the differences between these attitudes
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BurntOrangeOwl
I'm enjoying this brief book immensely. It doesn't attempt to summarize the events of the war, but to examine how we might think anew -- or teach anew -- about this event, now a century past. It's really a series of essays or lectures by two very smart and sensitive people who know the facts, but believe more is necessary for a better understanding. How, for example, are we to think about the extraordinary violence of the war? A product of technology? propaganda? "race" hatred? barbarism? They ...more
Teddee
Somehow felt unsatisfying after reading it, perhaps because I was never really convinced it was saying something that wasn't already intuitive or that we weren't already taught about WWI. Apparently it is a significant academic writing about WWI history but, coming from a layman's point of view, the nuances are too subtle for us to care about. This is a very broad book that covers a lot of aspects of the war and is less interesting for those interested in more focused books. The book also seems ...more
Nicholas
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

THis was an okay read. It was a little hard to get through because of the writing style. Not something I am really into and the book didn't help out any. I will admit at times the book got my attention. One thing I did enjoy about the book is how well the author knew the facts.
Tiffany
Apr 10, 2007 Tiffany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians/Those interested in WWI
This book challenges and explains what the Great War was like culturally for those fighting and those not fighting. Moving. This book really explains the formation of the Red Cross, religion/spirituality and its development, as well as what the war was like for women and children. It also poses the question why is WWI often overlooked in favor of WWII, when it was equally ugly.
Amelia
More about World War I scholarship than about WWI. Not what I'm looking for right now. Maybe one day I'll return to it, but I doubt I'll ever be so interested in scholarship, history, and WWI as to do so.
Brian
A tough read regarding the Historiography of WWI. I struggled with the style, but it provided good information on the war and historian thoughts on it.
Daniel
Attempt by French authors to achieve the title. Interesting, but not the place to start an exploration of WWI.
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Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau is a French historian. He is co-director of the Research Center of the Museum of the Great War (Historial de la Grande Guerre), based in Péronne, in the Somme.

He is the son of Philippe Audoin(-Rouzeau), a surrealist writer who was close to André Breton, and the brother of the historian, archaeologist and writer Fred Vargas (alias Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) and the painter J
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