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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 08/10/2015
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The mud-filled, blood-soaked trenches of the Low Countries and North-Eastern Europe were essential battlegrounds during the First World War, but the war reached many other corners of the globe, and events elsewhere significantly affected its course. Covering the twelve months of 1916, eminent historian Keith Jeffery uses twelve moments from a range of locations and shows how they reverberated around the world. As well as discussing better-known battles such as Gallipoli, Verdun and the Somme, Jeffery examines Dublin, for the Easter Rising, East Africa, the Italian front, Central Asia and Russia, where the killing of Rasputin exposed the internal political weakness of the country's empire. And, in charting a wide range of wartime experience, he studies the `intelligence war', naval engagements at Jutland and elsewhere, as well as the political consequences that ensued from the momentous US presidential election. Using an extraordinary range of military, social and cultural sources, and relating the individual experiences on the ground to wider developments, these are the stories lost to history, the conflicts that spread beyond the sphere of Europe and the moments that transformed the war.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408834305
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 819 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Jeffery gives the war a human face by focusing on the experience of individuals ... An absorbing and multi-layered analysis, one of the most impressive books on the First World War to have appeared in the centenary period * Times Literary Supplement *
It is a global history, and its purpose is partly to remind us, through the events of this pivotal year, that the Great War was a world war ... Jeffery is particularly good at deploying anecdote to illustrate and give new insights into aspects of the war -- Simon Heffer * Literary Review *
Commendable * Times Higher Educational *
A remarkable panorama ... The writing is excellent ... No doubt 2016 will be a long year of anniversaries ... What better companion on this journey than Mr. Jeffery's global history? * Wall Street Journal *
Richly detailed, and always fascinating.... A brilliant compendium of everything-you-didn't-know-about World War I, which, for many readers, will be a great deal * Kirkus *
Jeffery presents a creative and remarkable approach to history; his passion for unearthing previously overshadowed events shines. Historians and history buffs will appreciate the humanistic touch the author portrays so well * Library Journal *

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