With unusual clarity and "from the trenches"insights, this book explores in detail the complexities of theorigins, course, and momentous effects of World War I. It focuses notonly on the grand scale of the war, but on its everyday realities forthe common soldier and the civilian populations on the Western,Eastern, and other fronts. Explores the military andnon-military aspects of the War and its causes. Synthesizesvarious analyses and interpretations of the many controversiesof the war. Includes insights from the most recent literature on therole of women in the conflict; the war in the air; the ArmenianGenocide; the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand; Total Warand the Home Fronts. Contains a graphic, in-depth account of theappalling existence of soldiers at the front -- including not only thehorrors of battle, but the oppressive psychological impact of life inthe trenches. Features a large number of maps and lively biographicalsketches of important figures. For anyone interested inWorld War I, Military History, 20th Century Europe.
Aimed at later high school and introductory undergraduate levels, this history attempts to balance military and non-military concerns in its treatment of World War I, its precedents, and its aftermath. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)