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France and the Great War : New Approaches to European History - Leonard V. Smith

France and the Great War

New Approaches to European History


Published: 21st April 2003
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France and the Great War tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained, and in some ways prevailed in the Great War. Leonard Smith and his co-authors synthesize many years of scholarship, examining the origins of the war from a diplomatic and military viewpoint, before shifting their emphasis to socio-cultural and economic history when discussing the civilian and military war culture. They look at the 'total' mobilization of the French national community, as well as the military and civilian crises of 1917, and the ambiguous victory of 1918. The book concludes by revealing how traces of the Great War can still be found in the political and cultural life of the French national community. This lively, accessible and engaging book will be of enormous value to students of the Great War.

'Written with verve and punctuated by a dry wit, France and the Great War is especially successful when it discusses (in the first and third chapters) the politics, diplomacy, and military dimensions of prewar and wartime France.' Martha Hanna, H-France

The national community goes to war
Mobilizing the nation and the civiliansÆ war
The Front and the soldiersÆ war
The crises of 1917
The ambiguous victory and its aftermath
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ISBN: 9780521661768
ISBN-10: 0521661765
Series: New Approaches to European History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 21st April 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45