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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pioneering Introduction; Still Very Good
Despite the huge literature on WWI, there is little available on the Eastern Front. Published 25 years ago, this pioneering effort is still an excellent overview and as far as I know, the only readily accessible book on this subject. In one crucial respect, this book is head and shoulders above most overviews. Stone set out not only to describe the conflict on the...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2000 von R. Albin

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for its time, but now out of date
When this book came out, it was indeed a refreshing view of the "Unknown War," as Winston Churchill termed it.
Stone's insight into the politics of the Russian armed forces and government, as well as some of the myths regarding ammunition shortages, went far to fill in a number of gaps in Great War historiography.
However, many of Stone's arguments...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pioneering Introduction; Still Very Good, 2. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (Taschenbuch)
Despite the huge literature on WWI, there is little available on the Eastern Front. Published 25 years ago, this pioneering effort is still an excellent overview and as far as I know, the only readily accessible book on this subject. In one crucial respect, this book is head and shoulders above most overviews. Stone set out not only to describe the conflict on the Eastern Front but also to analyze the spectacular failure of the Russian war effort, leading ultimately to the Russian Revolution. Stone does a very good job of providing the important basic narrative and analyzing the causes of Russian failure. Prior to Stone's work, the leading hypothesis for Russian failure was the backwardness of the Russian economy. Stone makes a very strong case that the Russian economy was capable of supporting the war. He sees the Russian state as unable to provide the military, political, and economic leadership necessary to prosecute the war, leading to military failure and economic disaster. In the strictly military history aspects of the book, the recurring theme is the remarkable incompetence of the Russian military leadership. Stone wrote before the end of the Soviet state and this restricted his access to important sources. It is very likely that some of his specific points will be found to be wrong and corrected. On the other hand, it is not likely that his fundamental assessments are wrong.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for its time, but now out of date, 18. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (Taschenbuch)
When this book came out, it was indeed a refreshing view of the "Unknown War," as Winston Churchill termed it.
Stone's insight into the politics of the Russian armed forces and government, as well as some of the myths regarding ammunition shortages, went far to fill in a number of gaps in Great War historiography.
However, many of Stone's arguments have not stood up to the test of time; i.e, trying to paint Sukhomlinov as a reformer, when he was in fact an opportunist, and the dualistic depiction of the factionalism within the Russian officer corps is also overly simplistic.
Stone unfortunately gives short shrift to the development of military air power (something the Russians were far advanced in), and some his characterization of a number of Russian commanders as fools and idiots is simply unfair.
With the wealth of newer material now available from Russian archival sources (that in fairness were not available to Prof. Stone in the early '70s), it's time a newer version of this still understudied front be undertaken.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History at its analytical best., 8. Februar 2000
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Norman Stone writes with gravitas and wit. This book is refreshing in its analysis and narrative,, and sometimes startles the reader with its razor- sharp insights. The Eastern Front during WW1 is often given second place, if any place at all, in histories of WW1. This book will cause any reader who has relied on "Dr Zhivago" and Marxist nonsense for an interpretation of the events in Eastern Europe between 1914 and 1917 to do a "volte face". Aside from content and style, the book is well worth reading just to receive instruction in thinking from Professor Stone. This is the kind of professor you wish you'd had for all of your university classes. I finished this book hoping that PRofessor Stone would apply his interests to many other areas of history, such as the American Civil War and WW2.
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