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1914-1918: The History of the First World War [Kindle Edition]

David Stevenson
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David Stevenson is the real deal ... His defining characteristic is his outstanding rigour as an historian ... tremendously clever (Niall Ferguson)

It's harder to imagine a better single-volume comprehensive history of the conflict than this superb study (Ian Kershaw)

Perhaps the best comprehensive one-volume history of the war yet written (New Yorker)

This history of the 1914-1918 conflict surpasses all others. It is tough, erudite and comprehensive (Independent)


1914-1918, David Stevenson's history of the First World War, has been acclaimed as the definitive one-volume account of the conflict

In the summer of 1914 Europe exploded into a frenzy of mass violence. The war that followed had global repercussions, destroying four empires and costing millions of lives. Even the victorious countries were scarred for a generation, and we still today remain within the conflict's shadow. In this major analysis David Stevenson re-examines the causes, course and impact of this 'war to end war', placing it in the context of its era and exposing its underlying dynamics. His book provides a wide-ranging international history, drawing on insights from the latest research. It offers compelling answers to the key questions about how this terrible struggle unfolded: questions that remain disturbingly relevant for our own time.

'It's harder to imagine a better single-volume comprehensive history of the conflict than this superb study' Ian Kershaw

'Perhaps the best comprehensive one-volume history of the war yet written' New Yorker

'David Stevenson is the real deal ... His defining characteristic is his outstanding rigour as an historian ... tremendously clever' Niall Ferguson

'This history of the 1914-1918 conflict surpasses all others. It is tough, erudite and comprehensive' Independent


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4100 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 784 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (2. September 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI9PPE
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Das Werk von Stevenson bietet einen hervorragenden Überblick über alle wichtigen Aspekte des Ersten Weltkriegs. Der Schwerpunkt liegt zwar auf der politischen und militärischen Geschichte, aber auch kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Gesichtspunkte kommen nicht zu kurz. Dabei bedient sich der Autor eines gut lesbaren Stils.

Besonders imponiert hat mir das ausgewogene Urteil von Stevenson. Zwar lässt er keinen Zweifel daran, dass für ihn das Deutsche Reich Hauptschuldiger am Ausbruch des Krieges ist, aber letztlich werden alle Kriegsparteien ausgiebig kritisiert.

Wie der Autor es schafft auf gerade einmal 600 Seiten ein umfassendes Bild des Ersten Weltkriegs zu zeichnen, ist imponierend wenn man bedenkt, dass andere Standardwerke gleich mehrere Bände umfassen. Dabei hat man nicht das Gefühl, dass der Autor sich einer Kriegspartei besonders widmet und andere vernachlässigt. Statt dessen werden alle wichtigen Punkt aus der Sicht aller maßgeblichen Mächte beleuchtet.

Zusammenfassend lässt sich sagen, dass jemand der einen möglichst umfassenden Überblick über das Geschehen im Ersten Weltkrieg sucht mit diesem Werk hervorraged bedient ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Second best but Complete,Concise and Correct 30. Dezember 2013
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If you are going to read only two books about this War,this is the second one,the first one being Prof Hew Strachan's "The First World War",which in my opinion provides unparalleled analysis and insights but only the first volume of a three volumes work has been published so far.
The present book has one great advantage over all other relevant books,it goes beyond the Armistice all the way to the Second World War,giving thus to the reader the most complete view of the History of the Period,because the author considers,correctly in my opinion,that the First and the Second WW are fully connected and that the Second is a direct result of the First.
The book is impressive in its breadth and depth and also it is a major achievement of easy reading without any loss in historic analysis or accuracy
The author starts with a short but profound analysis of the reasons for which the Peace was destroyed and is consistent with the best scholarship up to now.Prof Stevenson underlines that the Peace was fragile in the period before 1914 and was continuously growing more so until its destruction. He refutes the Taylorean view that the War was an accident bound to happen, countering it with the view that all sides were willing to risk war rather than back down. Indirectly he considers the War as a result of the German Weltpolitik failure and the unstable equilibrium of forces giving the illusion to both sides that the War was winnable . Although he places Germany and A-H in the forefront of the responsibility for the War,he does not exculpate the other Great Powers.
He then proceeds to explain the failure of the war of movement in a crisp ,concise and well supported way in a hundred pages that cover the conflict until Winter 1914. He surprisingly treats the 1914 BEF much more leniently than it deserves and he is at discord on this with eminent British Historians as Sir Max Hastings and Peter Hart.
Covering the period between 1915 and Spring 1917,which Prof Stevenson calls "a Drama without a Script" and"a period of frustration and failure" he demonstrates convincingly why,analyzing thematically the military ,political,diplomatic,economic,technical and social factors that broadened and sustained the War.
The third part of the book covers the period Spring 1917 Autumn 1918 with the great events of the Russian Revolution,the American Intervention and the last great effort of Germany before the collapse and the Armistice.It is a strong part of the book.
The fourth part is very interesting because it covers Peacemaking ,Rebuilding 1920-1929 and finally Demolition 1929-1945 . This part which is seamlessly connected withe the previous leaves the reader with a complete understanding of the Human Folly and provides a full view of the turbulent first half of the 20th Century.
The conclusion of the book is that all military undertakings risk to result in "a bad war and a bad peace" of which the First WW remains an archetype for both.
This is "a distant but useful warning"
I have nothing to add or to subtract from this statement
4.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, interesting but intense 23. Oktober 2014
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David Stevenson's history of the First World War is exhaustive. Every sentence of the 600 densely printed pages is packed with information, often cross referring to other data within the same sentence. As a display of knowledge, and measured by factual coverage, the book is a huge success. Analysis is more sparing. Stevenson tends to drop comment after a comma in a factual statement. His analytic therefore lacks thorough working. For example, he states, in contradiction to Keynes (The Economic Consequences of the Peace), that the strictures of the Versailles treaty were not the cause of the Second World War, but were its necessary precondition. Keynes was actually at Versailles. Stevenson needs to work these kinds of argument much more deeply against their competing alternatives. The same goes for his claim that the start of the First World War was a deliberate decision of aggression by Germany. Philosophically, Stevenson clearly believes in cognitive behavioural decision theory. Very many other academics would put far more weight on causal factors, even though they may not endorse any neo-Marxist `theory of history'.

The book is somewhat exhausting as a result of being exhaustive. You have to persevere. It's as though the trudge of the war itself is reflected in getting through the book. Stevenson may be a great recorder, a chronicler, but not such an effective communicator. We may well eschew the `sound bite', but readers need to be able to digest an author's writing. Stevenson's spaghetti writing style, whilst commendable for its nutrition, does make his book less digestible. He peppers numerical data throughout the text, page 302 being a particularly notable example, whereas a summary data table, and other summary headline or timeline event tables would have eased his text and its digestibility greatly, and have made the book as communicative as it is informative.

Geoff Crocker Editor Atheist Spirituality web site
3.0 von 5 Sternen Big book, big data, great boredom. 2. September 2014
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This a very comprehensive and complete book about the first world war. In its wide and ample outlook nothing is left outside so you can bet for whatever topic you want and I can assure you that it is there. The book is organized in four parts, Outbreak, Escalation, Outcome and Legacy. Inside every part the themes are organized in chapters and discussed in a clear and orderly way so the themes are all related but never mixed in a heap of data. It is really impressive to realize how much the author knows about the topic, the dynamical context and, say, whatever you want. And being this the major advantage of the book it is, at the same time, its major weakness.

David Stevenson is an expert in the Great War and as a good expert he knows about the previous world (the road that led to war) and about the post war world (the path that brought us to today). But along with being smart he is cold and plain. His tone is always the same. His tone is monotonous and never changes in more than seven hundreds pages with small size letters. The problem is not what he is telling you (which is always important) but the capacity that an average reader has of keeping his attention in the text. Any tiny distraction and you miss an entire paragraph. This is normal, but in this case to keep the concentration is not easy with a tone that never changes its frequency. Stevenson is not preoccupied in keeping your attention. The reader is not a problem for him.

Having said that I think it is better to read the book by parts like a guide, so if you need to know about technology on the war you just have to review chapter seven in part two. To read it from beginning to end is an act of intellectual courage, a feat, but I wouldn't dare to ensure the results.

As I put in the title of the review, the book is big, full of data and also boring. I have read very long books in different topics and I can assure you that the number of pages or the size of the letter is not an omen at all. Long or short number of pages is one thing, entertained or boring is another. And I regret to say that this book is boring because the subject in not only interesting but also important. That's the problem and that is why I put it three stars instead of the five that the book deserves for the data, the completeness and the years of research behind every sentence. All this effort is roughly lost in an insipid and plain style.
5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent book on wwi 16. August 2014
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Really good book on ww 1. it is very comprehensive and looks at cause and effects from multiple angles. analytic and robust coverage with focus on facts and clearly indicates when facts are lacking and conclusions are not clear. I will definitively read this book more than once.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book I have read on the First World War 31. März 2012
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This is the best book I have ever read on the First World War. It is a book that can be re-read, and re-read again. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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