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Isonzo: The Forgotten Sacrifice of the Great War (Hardback)
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Isonzo: The Forgotten Sacrifice of the Great War (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 30/04/2001
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This is the first account in English of a much-overlooked, but important, First World War battlefront located in the mountains astride the border between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Not well known in the West, the battles of Isonzo were nevertheless ferocious, and compiled a record of bloodletting that totaled over 1.75 million for both sides. In sharp contrast to claims that neither the Italian nor the Austrian armies were viable fighting forces, Schindler aims to bring the terrible sacrifices endured by both armies back to their rightful place in the history of 20th century Europe. The Habsburg Empire, he contends, lost the war for military and economic reasons rather than for political or ethnic ones. Schindler's account includes references to remarkable personalities such as Mussolini; Tito; Hemingway; Rommel, and the great maestro Toscanini. This Alpine war had profound historical consequences that included the creation of the Yugoslav state, the problem of a rump Austrian state looking to Germany for leadership, and the traumatic effects on a generation of young Italian men who swelled the ranks of the fascists. After nearly a century, Isonzo can assume its proper place in the ranks of the tragic Great War clashes, alongside Verdun, the Somme, and Passchendaele.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275972042
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 809 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


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"Schindler provides a vivid, compelling narrative of some of the most appalling fighting of the entire war. . . . [T]he book meets a real need for a modern, English-language account of Italy's major effort in the war. The most appalling fighting of the entire war. . . . [T]he book meets a real need for a modern, English-language account of Italy's major effort in the war. Of greatest interest to specialists and graduate students." - Choice
"The first definitive English-language account of WWI's just-about-forgotten epic clash between Italy and Austria-Hungary. The dozen battles fought in the Isonzo valley stand out for the scale of their slaughter, cruelty, courage, and ghastly military-command pigheadedness in the face of failure." - Steve Forbes, in ^IForbes^R magazine
"Isonzo is a must read for those interested in World War I, modern Italian history, or the Hapsburg Army." - The New York Military Affairs Symposium Newsletter
"His accuracy and attention to detail will impress readers who have traveled in the region. . . . Schindler's work is worthwhile reading for anyone with an interest in the First World War." - The Journal of Military History

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