The First World War : A New History
by Sir Hew Strachan
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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A brilliant and penetrating new history of the First World War by one of the world’s leading experts on the conflictReissued with a new introduction by the authorHew Strachan is one of the greatest specialists of the Great War of 1914-18His three volumes of the history of the conflict, the first of what was published in 2001, is likely to become the academic standard reference work: Max Hastings’one of the finest books in modern history in a generation’, while Richard Holmes hailed as a’dominant’ achievementNow Hew Strachan brings his immense knowledge to a volume of work directly targets the readerThe inspiration behind the main Channel 4 of the series of the same name, in which Hew was chief consultant, THE FIRST WORLD WAR is an important complement to the literature on this subject, taking as it does a unique comprehensive view of what is often misunderstood as a long skirmish on the Western FrontExploring these theatres like the Balkans, in Africa and in the Ottoman Empire, Strachan assesses Britain’s participation in the light of what has become a struggle for the defense of liberalism, and to show how war shaped the “short” twentieth century that followedAccessible, attractive and convincing, it is the modern history of writing at its best.
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