Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

The Great War and the Twentieth Century

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The Great War and the Twentieth Century edited by Jay Winter, Geoffrey Parker, and Mary R. Habeck. Yale University Press (http://www.yale. edu/yup), P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-9040, 2000, 336 pages, $30.00.

The Great War continues to be fertile ground for historical analysis. Even after more than 80 years, the effects of that war shape the world geographically, culturally, politically, economically, emotionally, demographically, technologically, and militarily. Also after 80 years of analysis, attempts to understand the Great War and its effects still leave many unanswered questions, controversies, and speculation. The Great War and the Twentieth Century is an important part of the continuing inquest into this fascinating and unresolved story.

Setting a slightly different course than many World War I historical studies that tend to focus narrowly on familiar areas like the western front, this collection of articles looks through broader lenses to help the myopic student of history. Its intention is to explore different historical perspectives of the "causes, conduct, and consequences" of this near-total-war event. In so doing, the book effectively brings together important interactions of factors: war and society, strategy and politics, and personality and technology. …

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