A Short History of World War I - James L. Stokesbury

A Short History of World War I

By James L. Stokesbury

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: History
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 13 Ratings)


World War I was a bloodletting so vast and unprecedented that for a generation it was known simply as the Great War. Casualty lists reached unimagined proportions as the same ground -- places like Ypres and the Somme -- was fought over again and again. Other major bloody battles remain vivid in memory to this day: Gallipoli and the Battle of Jutland are but two examples. Europe was at war with itself, and the effect on Western civilization was profound, its repercussions felt even today.
World War I saw the introduction of modern technology into the military arena: The tank, airplane, machine gun, submarine, and -- most lethal of all -- poison gas, all received their first widespread use. Professor Stokesbury analyzes these technological innovations and the war's complex military campaigns in lucid detail. At the same time he discusses the great political events that unfolded during the war, such as the Russian Revolution and the end of the Hapsburg dynasty, putting the social and political side of the war into the context of modern European history.

A Short History of World War I is the first history of this war to be written in twenty years. It incorporates recent research and current thinking about the war in a highly readable and lively style.


  • A short history of WWl

    By tedstips
    A very well written,and well researched book.It did change the history of the world,and ushered in a new century of deadly weapons for use in conflicts,as well as redefined the Middle East. My major frustration was that there are descriptions of many battles on several fronts. THere are very few maps,and too small to be read on an Ebook. THe author should have had many more. Ted Davis
  • The best

    By Satanicpuppy
    This is one of the best general overviews of World War I ever written. It's a college staple, but one you'll find yourself re-reading later. Stokesbury has a dry wit, and the ability to salt the big picture with enough humor to keep you interested.
  • Good high level overview

    By Rocket14!
    Purchased this book for a military history class at the University of Iowa. It was a good summary of events that took place in WW I. Its not going to satisfy people that are serious WW I history buffs, but a good place to start.