‘In a book all the more impressive for its brevity, Gary Sheffield covers a remarkable amount of ground, from the war's causes to its consequences.’
A Short History of the First World WarGary Sheffield
The First World War was a watershed in world history. Tragic but far from futile, its origins, events and legacy have roused impassioned debate, creating multiple interpretations and confusion for those encountering the period for the first time.
Synthesising the latest scholarship, acclaimed historian Gary Sheffield cuts to the heart of the conflict. He explores such key issues as:
– the causes of war – the great battles on land, sea and in the air – the search for the peace and peace settlements – the political, social and economic consequences – the impact of ‘total war’ on the belligerents and the individual – and the place of the Great War in the history of warfare
Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why.
‘One of Britain’s foremost historians of the Great War offers here a clear and concise account of the great catastrophe of the 20th Century. Drawing on an enormous knowledge of secondary literature combined with many years of immersion in the archives, the result is a masterful mix of narrative and analysis that will prove both provocative and stimulating.’
‘Professor Gary Sheffield, one of the leading figures in the field, turns his considerable talent to providing the most up-to-date view of this most controversial of conflicts. The result is history at its very best; masterfully written, engaging, and thought provoking.’
‘A compelling and original account that should become a set text for anyone wanting to understand the events of 1914-18.’
‘An excellent introduction to this vast subject which will be accessible to those beginning to study the conflict as well as a stimulating read for more experienced scholars.’
‘The best short history of World War One that is currently available’
‘Gary Sheffield is one of Britain's foremost historians of the First World War – insightful, original and superbly informed.’
'[An]iconoclastic tour de force.'
'Solid scholarship and admirable advocacy.'
'Well written and persuasive …objective and well-rounded... This scholarly rehabilitation should be the standard biography of Haig.'