In the summer of 1914 Europe exploded into a frenzy of mass violence. The war that followed had global repercussions, destroying four empires and costing millions of lives. Even the victorious countries were scarred for a generation, and we still today remain within the conflict's shadow. In this major new analysis, published some ninety years after the First World War began, David Stevenson re-examines the causes, course and impact of this 'war to end war', placing it in the context of its era and exposing its underlying dynamics. His book provides a wide-ranging international history, drawing on insights from the latest research. It offers compelling answers to the key questions about how this terrible struggle unfolded: questions that remain disturbingly relevant for our own time.
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' the most thorough account of the war human hand has yet assembled' -- Sunday Times, September 2004
'Stevenson is as sane and sure a guide as the discriminating reader will find' -- Telegraph, 4th September, 2003
'this history of the 1914-1918 conflict surpasses all others. It is tough, erudit and comprehensive' -- Independent, 3rd September, 2004
David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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