The First World War: A Complete History

The First World War A Complete History It was to be the war to end all wars and it began at on the morning of June in an outpost of the Austro Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo It would end officially almost five years late

  • Title: The First World War: A Complete History
  • Author: MartinGilbert
  • ISBN: 9780805076172
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • It was to be the war to end all wars, and it began at 11 15 on the morning of June 28, 1914, in an outpost of the Austro Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo It would end officially almost five years later Unofficially, it has never ended the horrors we live with today were born in the First World War.It left millions civilians and soldiers maimed or dead And it left us wiIt was to be the war to end all wars, and it began at 11 15 on the morning of June 28, 1914, in an outpost of the Austro Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo It would end officially almost five years later Unofficially, it has never ended the horrors we live with today were born in the First World War.It left millions civilians and soldiers maimed or dead And it left us with new technologies of death tanks, planes, and submarines reliable rapid fire machine guns and field artillery poison gas and chemical warfare It introduced us to U boat packs and strategic bombing, to unrestricted war on civilians and mistreatment of prisoners Most of all, it changed our world In its wake, empires toppled, monarchies fell, whole populations lost their national identities as political systems, and geographic boundaries were realigned Instabilities were institutionalized, enmities enshrined And the social order shifted seismically Manners, s, codes of behavior literature and the arts education and class distinctions all underwent a vast sea change And in all these ways, the twentieth century can be said to have been born on the morning of June 28, 1914.

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    • MartinGilbert

      The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as true history Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony s College, and became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1962, and an Honorary Fellow in 1994 After working as a researcher for Randolph Churchill, Gilbert was chosen to take over the writing of the Churchill biography upon Randolph s death in 1968, writing six of the eight volumes of biography and editing twelve volumes of documents In addition, Gilbert has written pioneering and classic works on the First and Second World Wars, the Twentieth Century, the Holocaust, and Jewish history.Gilbert drove every aspect of his books, from finding archives to corresponding with eyewitnesses and participants that gave his work veracity and meaning, to finding and choosing illustrations, drawing maps that mention each place in the text, and compiling the indexes He travelled widely lecturing and researching, advised political figures and filmmakers, and gave a voice and a name to those who fought and those who fell twitter sirmartin36facebook sirmartingil

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    • Martin D. Gilbert's The First World War is a beautiful, but dense book. It will take perseverance and time to get through. But those two qualities are not unattainable by modern readers, and this book is well worth the effort it takes.In fact, I think this book is essential.I didn't realize how many times the West lost to Germany. That really surprised me. From beginning to end, Germany was stronger, better, more strategic. Throughout the book I knew the end result, but I was constantly biting m [...]

    • It’s 543 pages of one damned thing after another. An oddly compelling way to do history: no real attempt to make sense of anything in terms of strategy or economics or politics; just a list of events mostly told via individual recollections. Gilbert troubles to quote a lot of poems throughout the text, mostly English war poets of the time. Most of this verse is quite bad (I’ve always thought), but given the context and the horror, it is oddly moving. Perhaps this is the best way to read this [...]

    • A Primeira Guerra Mundial é um tema que há muito me fascina. Tive sempre a sensação que a minha geração não sabe quase nada sobre essa Guerra que mudou tudo. Muito mais que qualquer outro acontecimento. Ao longo dos anos fui procurando saber mais sobre o tema, primeiro sobre a participação de Portugal, depois de modo mais genérico. O centésimo aniversário do início da Guerra acabou por reavivar uma série de edições sobre o tema. Este livro do Martin Gilbert é considerado uma das [...]

    • A very good and thorough overview of the war in sequential order. It doesn't try to explain the strategies or get in the minds of the participants. It just tells the tale, as it were. Mainly through anecdotes and asides. That being said I took brief impressions of the book as I was reading it, a bit tongue and cheek but still:- good explanation of cause of war- Valiant act. then he died. here is a poem.- the Germans are driving to Paris through Belgium. Belgium fights valiantly. losses.- German [...]

    • This very long work is essentially a chronology of the war, from the rapid escalation of tension before August 1914 to the problems of armistice in 1918 and how they affected state relations in the 1930s. Gilbert, the official biographer of Churchill, brings home at many points the reality of the 9 million military dead of WWI through use of poems, quotes and letters written home by the men who died, as well as graphic recollections by nurses who served at the front (one image that stays with me [...]

    • Mark L.Mrs. D SmithHLA Hour 39/26/2017Book Review 1 The book I read was The First World War by Martin Gilbert. This book is about all of the technology, weapons, tactics, and battles of World War One.This book goes day by day month by month year in a timeline of the war. It tells about significant things that happen during that time.The point of this book is to inform and explain this war to more people about World War One which I believe is overshadowed in the U. S. by other wars such as World [...]

    • The Western Front: A British Perspective <- there, I fixed the titleA decent history of World War I. It provides a solid grounding in the pre-war tensions, the outbreak of the war, and the Western Front, but lacks merit for any other areas of the war - notably the strategies and tactics employed during the fighting. However, the worst fault is the incredibly heavy British bias. It appears that Martin Gilbert drew the vast majority of his text from British personal accounts while ignoring sold [...]

    • Historians come in many flavours. There are those who expound on the big picture, who create masterful theories that appear to explain a lot, and some who dive into the detail of personalities and events. Martin Gilbert was a well respected historian with the public - his plentiful output sold well. Yet he was coolly assessed by reviewers and other historians. Paul Addison described one of his volumes on Winston Churchill as "more like a compilation of source materials", and Richard Overy descri [...]

    • I believe that this is as definitive a history as you can get of the First World War. Though some may complain that it does not focus on this or that aspect, such as the battles and military fortunes of the war itself, or of the political and diplomatic side, or that it focuses too much on the British perspective, I believe that there are few books as through a history of the First World War.Martin Gilbert is the greatest living historian on Twentieth Century history.The subject on the prelude t [...]

    • Okay. The book covered some parts of the war that I was definitely never told in school.On the other hand he showed his public schoolboy/oxbridge bent, with his overemphasis on the war poetry that only came out of his social strata in what was ultimately a huge exercise in grinding up young men.At least he has covered some things from the axis point of view.But really his love for Churchill and people of his own class shines through, the working class people involved seem to be just numbers for [...]

    • "All wars end up being reduced to statistics, strategies, debates about their origins and results. These debates about war are important, but not more important than the human story of those who fought in them."These closing words sum up Martin Gilbert's masterpiece "The First World War" perfectly. This is not an easy book, nor is it a lightweight piece of reading. It doesn't shy away from violence. It gets down into the nitty-gritty of war correspondence, which can be a little dry sometimes. Bu [...]

    • Sete meses para ler um livro é sinónimo de que não é interessante? Nada disso.Esta obra de Martin Gilbert, tal como a referente à Segunda Guerra Mundial, dificilmente se pode considerar como leitura de mesa-de-cabeceira.O tom é obviamente pesado pelo que o ritmo de leitura deve ser mais lento, intervalado qb. Aconselho como leitura simultânea com outros livros.É um trabalho completíssimo de pesquisa e compilação que nos faz ter uma excelente ideia do que foi a guerra, do mundo no iní [...]

    • I thought this book had little appeal to it. I enjoy history, I like to read about great battles of anytime period, but this book had very little of that. It more focused on the cause of the World War, and why America eventually stepped in. With such action happening at every stage in the world at that time, Gilbert could have done a way better job on portraying certain scenes from history. I do like, however, how in depth he went on the weapons used during the war. He started about how they adv [...]

    • A good, comprehensive treatment of the war. Gilbert does a good job covering the war’s scope, from the war’s origins to its aftermath.The narrative isn’t exactly riveting or stirring, but it is endlessly informative. While the coverage of certain battles and campaigns varies throughout the book, Gilbert does a great job bringing it all together in a way that makes sense. Politics,strategy, diplomacy and military actions are all brought together in a clear narrative.Gilbert is also good at [...]

    • -Un buen vistazo a la Gran Guerra.- Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Repaso estrictamente cronológico, en ocasiones día a día incluso, de los eventos que crearon el caldo de cultivo general para la Primera Guerra Mundial, las circunstancias que rodearon su estallido, su desarrollo y un pequeño repaso a varias y distintas consecuencias de la misma.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/

    • Beautiful, heartbreaking progression of the war. Does a marvelous job bringing continuity and a sense of order to a rambling, gargantuan war.

    • Great book and very informative. One thing I didn't like were the personal stories of those who fought in the war, their private correspondence, the poetry they wrote while in the trenches.

    • The Great War was more deadly and destructive that any war the world had witnessed until that moment, and left profound scars that still impact today's societies. How mankind went down that spiral of destruction is brilliantly narrated by Gilbert. Avoiding the pitfall of simply centering on the trenches of the Western Front, the author gives a broad vision of the conflict and how it impacted in places as different as Mesopotamia and East Prussia. The main events are combined with stories about t [...]

    • Nareszcie!!! Chyba jeszcze nigdy tak długo nie czytałem żadnej książki. Zbiera wszędzie takie dobre recenzje a tymczasem nie ma w niej kompletnie nic ciekawego. Jedyną rzeczą, która trochę poprawia odbiór jest mnogość ciekawostek, których próżno szukać gdzie indziej. Jeśli chodzi o samą treść, jest skonstruowana wręcz fatalnie. Zdaję sobie sprawę, iż ciężko jest przyjmując jakiś konkretny punkt odniesienia i plan wydarzeń omawiać cały ogromny konflikt, ale jeśli [...]

    • A somewhat strange book to read about World War I. The lead up to the war is done very well, extremely detailed and sets the scene for the catastrophe about to happen.What's odd about this book is how the author intersperses poetry, a lot of poetry, into the text throughout the book, how he lists casualties for each battle, how he dabbles in some areas of the war to cover his basis, and ignores or doesn't treat other battles with the significance it deserves.What the author does well though, is [...]

    • So much violenceThat is essentially what war is all about. I was fascinated by the violence and repulsed. More horrified than entertained or even educated. Was motivated, looking for some connection with an uncle that died before my recall bone was activated. Did not find what I was looking for but I'm glad I stuck with it.

    • Who will return us our children? Rudyard Kipling cried when his son was killed in WWI. It was a lament echoed by million of parents. Gilbert balances historical insights with human anecdotes. Unexpected byproducts of cataclysm include the rise of Arab separatism and Zionism.

    • Fist World War HistoryThe book gave an effective history of the life and death of the conflict. Brought the under lying issues of how it still affects us now.

    • Quer entender os detalhes que levaram à Primeira Guerra Mundial? Quer se sentir nas trincheiras em meio ao fogo cruzado? Entender os motivos que levam à Segunda Guerra Mundial? Leia este livro!

    • It's an interesting historical account of the notthern hemisphere's civilization contributed to current dynamics of orld's political economy

    • its a decent book, but the title is a little bit misleading. better title would be something like "the the british (and its dominions) in first world war". Because there are a lots of small skirmish described in detail from western front (and from british point of view), whereas major battles in east (or from other fronts) gets only a mention. There are also a quite lot of mistakes. For example, Gilbert tells that Germans landed on Helsinki on 1917, but it was not until 1918 that happened. Also [...]

    • No book, even a 600-pager like this one, can cover all of the Great War, so the most important thing to know when deciding to read this one is what it does and doesn’t offer.Gilbert’s book is mostly a detailed, blow-by-blow account of the Great War as it was fought. There’s a whole lot of what and not a lot of why. One might criticize it for being essentially a list of places and dates, but I found it to be so engagingly written that it was never a chore.There’s some discussion of new de [...]

    • La Primera Guerra Mundial, de Martin GilbertSi bien es un buen libro para tener un primer acercamiento a la historia de la Primera Guerra Mundial, no es para nada una "historia completa", como dice su título. Es un libro enfocado casi por completo en el frente occidental, y el punto de vista que utiliza es el de Gran Bretaña (y ocasionalmente, sus aliados pertenecientes al Commonwealth). Algunas de las otras campañas, como la africana, se mencionan sólo en pies de página. Si bien el mismo e [...]

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