Free Book of the Day -- Victory 1918 [Kindle Edition]
Free Book of the Day -- Victory 1918 [Kindle Edition]
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Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Almost a century after the battles of the First World War ended, their consequences remain imprinted on the political maps of Europe and much of the Middle East.
Did events justify Lloyd George's claim in 1914 that the Kaiser could fall `by knocking away the props'; isolating Germany by defeating her partners?
When Italy joined the Allies who was propping up whom?
Were sideshows in the Balkans, Iraq and Palestine integral to the war's general strategy, or were they simply old imperial rivalries resumed by other means?
A hundred years on, that moment in November 1918 when the fighting ceased on the Western Front is still remembered across nations: that symbolic eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
'Victory 1918' examines the background to the Allied triumph and its aftermath. Might the Armistice in the forest of Compiegne have come sooner? Did American intervention have won the war and compromised the peace? How near did Germany come to denouncing the Armistice and resuming fighting in 1919?
But 'Victory 1918' is not only concerned with what happened in France and Flanders. There were four armistices that autumn. The Great War was a global conflict, with battlefronts on three continents. Retracing the path to Compiegne through the four-year struggle allows the reader to consider if a broader strategic vision might have brought an earlier victory.
'Victory 1918' is a masterful survey of one of history's great turning points, and offers a fresh interpretation of the war which, more than any other, determined the character of the twentieth century.
‘Palmer’s style is as good as his judgement is daring’ – The Times
Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ALAN PALMER was Head of the History Department at Highgate School from 1953 to 1969, when he gave up his post to concentrate on historical writing and research. He has written some thirty narrative histories, historical reference books or biographies. In 1980 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Print Length: 393 pages
Publisher: Endeavour Press (February 24, 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book about the Great War., October 20, 2005
By A. G Provencal "Armey" (Taunton, MA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Victory 1918 (Hardcover)
I'm 58 years old and I'm a Vietnam Veteran(and proud of it). But ever since I was a pre adolescent I have been facinated by the subject of the First World War! I have read many books about the Great War and I believe that this one is one of the best that I have Read!
Mr. Palmer has also written another book about the First World War, which I have not read, "The Gardeners of Salonika". After reading this book I shall try to read that one as well. One of the previous reviewers said that the author omitted the causes of the war and the first year or two of the war in this book. Well what about it! This book is titled "Victory 1918" not "A Complete History of World War I". In 368 pages the author does more to clarify and elucidate the war time situation than a dozen so called authoritive texts do.
Thank God, we have an author who sees through this obsession with the Western Front! PBS did a series several years ago entitled "The Great War and the Making of the Twentieth Century". Unfortunately 95 % of the series dealt only with the Western Front. Serbia, Palestine, Mesopotania, Africa, Balkans, Roumania, Italy, war at sea, etc. were totally ignored. I ask you as important as the Western Front was, don't you think some of the above had a greater impact on the developments of the 20'th century? Does the word OIL ring a bell?
In this book we are given an excellent picture of of the progression of the conflict in Mesopotamia(Iraq), Palestine, Balkans, Italy and the Western front from 1916 to the various Armistice agreements with Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Hungary and Germany. The various Russian Campaigns are not included. If you know even a smattering of Great War history you know that Russia was out of the war by 1917. And, I do not believe that they participated in any victory in World War One!
These campaigns and battles were no easy matter folks! We can look back on this long ago war, fought by millions of anonymous, distant actors with quaint stage props as hopelessly irrelevant. But they were fighting a war that they fervently believed in. Which is alot more than I can say about our current Mesopotanian mess! Palmer shows us the real people in that long ago war. It was all so terribly new and so very important in 1918. Alan Palmer captures that spirit in this book. This is a Great work of History!
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific & Comprehensive Textbook on the First World War!, July 21, 2000
By Barron Laycock "Labradorman" (Temple, New Hampshire United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Victory 1918 (Hardcover)
In this sobering, comprehensive, and highly detailed account of the war he claims determined the social and political direction of the 20th century, acclaimed author Alan Palmer leads the reader through the incredibly bloody trench warfare of the First World War with an authority and informed discussion of the causes, battles, and results of this long, disastrous, and momentous conflict. Unlike previous efforts by other authors, Palmer does not neglect the many fronts other than the well-discussed European theater of operations. Rather, he weaves a wide-ranging discussion successfully linking the conflicts along the eastern "Russian" front as well as in the Balkan area (where the initial tripwire was pulled by the assassination in Sarajevo) were an integral part of this first world war, and also discusses the significance of the Middle Eastern and African theaters of operation to the progress and complications of the overall conflict.
This is indeed a serious, objective, and detailed look at the morass the civilized world slipped into as the chaos began in August of 1914. The author takes a country by country, front by front approach that illuminates and de-romanticizes the nature of the conflict, which according to the author was a blunt, indifferent and murderous affair, and one reads through pages of terrible detail full of hand to hand combat, the endless mud, virtual seas of rats and other vermin, and the sometimes overwhelming stench of decaying corpses. Palmer weaves the fact-rich text with a sense of the crushing ordeal for the men in the trenches, trapped by geography, terrain, climate and circumstance into a years-long stagnant war of attrition that was far more horrific than any large-scale warfare of the past. Of course, one of the key elements making it so terrible was the new weaponry developed with such precision in the new manufacturing facilities all over the otherwise "civilized" Europe. In this sense it was a frightening preview of what lay ahead for all the wars of the 20th century.
Palmer also carves out some controversial territory for himself by handily challenging conventional wisdom on a number of issues, such as the notion that it was the final desperate surge toward Paris late in the war that tipped the balance in favor of the Allies and against France. The author argues that it was in fact the global nature of the war and the fact that the Allies had so critically damaged the ability of the Germans to sustain its far-flung empire that kicked the chair out from under the Germans. There is also a lot of interesting and relevant information provided concerning the diplomatic and political efforts of Britain, France and Germany in the months leading up to the onset of the war that I read here for the first time. This is a wonderful book, and while I am not entirely convinced by some of the author's arguments for a few of the controversial positions, I have to applaud the extremely comprehensive, well-organized, and terrifically integrated account he provides of the war that has cast the terrible blood-filled cauldron for everything that followed so fatefully in its wake. Enjoy.
The most important thing in my review of the Free Kindle Book of the Day is to make such a review so that my forum, blog and e-mail readership can download the book while it is still free. Thus I don't have time to read more than the prologue, some of the middle, and the last chapter or so. However, by actually reviewing this book, I have already taken some sort of steps to ensure that it is downloaded and read because out of a Kindle Library of nearly 2,000 books -- most of them gotten free -- I've reviewed less than twenty of them, or less than one percent. My format is to take the most favorable useful review, the least favorable useful review, along with what the Kindle seller's page says about the number of pages and about the author.
I downloaded this e-book, and found it well-formatted. Due to the length of it and because it won't likely be a free download for much longer, I've not had time to read it. However, this author has written around twenty or more historical tomes which means to download it while it is free, NOW!!!
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