Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914.pdf

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 PDF

Max Hastings

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war.

In 1914, Europe plunged into the 20th centurys first terrible act of self-immolation- what was then called The Great War. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both how the conflict came about and what befell millions of men and women during the first months of strife.

He finds the evidence overwhelming, that Austria and Germany must accept principal blame for the outbreak. While what followed was a vast tragedy, he argues passionately against the poets view, that the war was not worth winning. It was vital to the freedom of Europe, he says, that the Kaisers Germany should be defeated.

His narrative of the early battles will astonish those whose images of the war are simply of mud, wire, trenches and steel helmets. Hastings describes how the French Army marched into action amid virgin rural landscapes, in uniforms of red and blue, led by mounted officers, with flags flying and bands playing. The bloodiest day of the entire Western war fell on 22 August 1914, when the French lost 27,000 dead. Four days later, at Le Cateau the British fought an extraordinary action against the oncoming Germans, one of the last of its kind in history. In October, at terrible cost they held the allied line against massive German assaults in the first battle of Ypres.

The author also describes the brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, where by Christmas the Germans, Austrians, Russians and Serbs had inflicted on each other three million casualties.

This book offers answers to the huge and fascinating question what happened to Europe in 1914?, through Max Hastingss accustomed blend of top-down and bottom-up accounts from a multitude of statesmen and generals, peasants, housewives and private soldiers of seven nations. His narrative pricks myths and offers some striking and controversial judgements. For a host of readers gripped by the authors last international best-seller All Hell Let Loose, this will seem a worthy successor.
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Sayfa Sayısı: 672

Baskı Yılı: 2013

Dili: İngilizce
Yayınevi: Harper Collins Publishers


4.84 MB Tamaño del archivo
9780007398577 ISBN
Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914.pdf


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Sofi Voighua

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Mattio Mazios

Those who died to prevent that victory—despite the catastrophic decisions of 1914—did not die in vain." Catastrophe 1914 için şu an mevcudu olmayanlar. Catastrophe 1914 : Europe Goes to War.

Noe Schulzzo

18.10.2013 In 1914, Europe plunged into the 20th century’s first terrible act of self-immolation - what was then called The Great War. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both how the conflict came about and what befell millions of men and women during the first months of strife.

Jason Statham

9 Jul 2018 ... The excitement with which the Continent went to war in 1914 is still, even over a century later, shocking.3 The enthusiasm of going to war is ...

Jessica Kolhmann

Max Hastings is the author of more than twenty books, including Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945, and Winston's War: Churchill 1940-1945. He spent his early career as a foreign correspondent for BBC TV and various newspapers, then as editor of Britain’s Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph. He has