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Cataclysm - David Stevenson

Paperback Published: 10th May 2005
ISBN: 9780465081851
Number Of Pages: 624

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David Stevenson's widely acclaimed history of World War I changes forever our understanding of that pivotal conflict. Countering the commonplace assumption that politicians lost control of events, and that the war, once it began, quickly became an unstoppable machine, Stevenson contends that politicians deliberately took risks that led to war in July 1914. Far from being overwhelmed by the unprecedented scale and brutality of the bloodshed, political leaders on both sides remained very much in control of events throughout. According to Stevenson, the disturbing reality is that the course of the war was the result of conscious choices--including the continued acceptance of astronomical casualties. In fluid prose, Stevenson has written a definitive history of the man-made catastrophe that left lasting scars on the twentieth century. "Cataclysm" is a truly international history, incorporating new research on previously undisclosed records from governments in Europe and across the world. From the complex network of secret treaties and alliances that eventually drew all of Europe into the war, through the bloodbaths of Gallipoli and the Somme, to the arrival of American forces, and the massive political, economic, and cultural shifts the conflict left in its wake, "Cataclysm" is a major revision of World War I history.

"David Stevenson is the real deal....His defining characteristic is his outstanding rigour as an historian.... [ think him tremendously clever." "This book should be on the shelf with the best of the many books about WWI. Cataclysm is a major re-examination of the shaping tragedy of the 20th century."

Mapsp. IX
Abbreviationsp. XI
Note on Military and Naval Terminologyp. XV
Introductionp. XVII
The Destruction of Peacep. 3
The Failure of the War of Movement, Summer-Winter 1914p. 37
Making a New World, Spring 1915-Spring 1917p. 81
The Widening of the Warp. 87
War Aims and Peace Negotiationsp. 103
The Land War in Europe: Strategyp. 123
Technology, Logistics, and Tacticsp. 145
Manpower and Moralep. 161
Armaments and Economicsp. 179
Naval Warfare and Blockadep. 199
The Politics of the Home Frontsp. 215
The Third Phase, Spring 1917-Autumn 1918p. 243
The February Revolution and American Intervention, Spring 1917p. 247
Towards Exhaustion, Summer-Autumn 1917p. 263
The Central Powers' Last Throw, Autumn 1917-Summer 1918p. 303
The Turn of the Tide, Summer-Autumn 1918p. 343
Ceasefirep. 379
Peacemaking, 1919-1920p. 409
Rebuilding, 1920-1929p. 431
Demolition, 1929-1945p. 457
Conclusion: The War Becomes Historyp. 477
Bibliographyp. 489
Notesp. 511
Indexp. 549
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ISBN: 9780465081851
ISBN-10: 0465081851
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 10th May 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition