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The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917

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A full century later, our picture of World War I remains one of wholesale, pointless slaughter in the trenches of the Western front. Expanding our focus to the Eastern front, as David R. Stone does in this masterly work, fundamentally alters--and clarifies--that picture. A thorough, and thoroughly readable, history of the Russian front during the First World War, this book ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 10th 2015 by University Press of Kansas
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Jerome
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive, judicious and well-written history of the Russian army in the First World War. Stone covers all of the major campaigns and theaters including the often overlooked campaigns in the Caucasus and Romania.

Stone’s narrative is nuanced, smooth, and readable and he clearly describes how events happened, the many problems the Russian war effort faced, and an overview of the strategic situation. The book is comprehensive enough, but Stone does not take pains to cover every single campaig
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Mark Merritt
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Good account of the Russian Imperial Army in WWI. Covers the battles in some detail, covers the Central Powers and Russian side about equally, so there is not that much detail on just the Russian side. The account ends at the capture of the islands in Riga Sound in October 1917, and rather abruptly at that. It looks to me like there was a word count constraint that went unstated. Not much on the army’s relationship with the civilians, or really any other details other than a rehashing of operati ...more
Derek Weese
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
David Stone has written perhaps the best, one volume, easily digestible account of the Imperial Russian Army and its operations in the First World War.
The author states very early on that one of the themes of his books is contingency, in other words that decisions and events snowballed and impacted the decisions and the events that grew out of those that were done/decided before them. As such he makes it clear that he is not a determinist, of which I was extremely grateful. Therefore the eventu
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Jimmy
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book is a fine overview of the Eastern Front, covering the major military operations. However, some parts of the book seemed to cover the Central Powers as much as Russia. Personally, I also think the author could have went into more detail concerning the formation of new armies (such as where the component corps came from, how the army commander was selected for the post, etc.).
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Excellent look at Army and Corps operations on the Eastern Front. It is readable and informative and provides a great deal of military and political information for the period.
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David Stone, director of the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies, is the Pickett professor of military history at Kansas State University and an award-winning author. He specializes in Russia and the Soviet Union, South Asia and military history.

Stone's first book, "Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union, 1926-1933," was a selection of the History Book Club. I
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