By Alexander Watson
Sunday occasions background ebook of the yr 2014
Winner of the 2014 Wolfson historical past Prize, the 2014 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in army background, the Society for army History's 2015 special ebook Award and the 2015 British military army booklet of the Year
For the empires of Germany and Austria-Hungary the good battle - which had began with such excessive hopes for a quick, dramatic final result - swiftly degenerated as invasions of either France and Serbia resulted in disaster. For 4 years the combating now changed into a siege on a rather great scale. Europe grew to become the point of interest of battling of a type formerly unimagined. regardless of neighborhood successes - and an obvious triumph in Russia - Germany and Austria-Hungary have been by no means capable of escape of the the Allies' ring of steel.
In Alexander Watson's compelling new heritage of the good struggle, the entire significant occasions of the conflict are visible from the point of view of Berlin and Vienna. it's essentially a heritage of normal humans. In 1914 either empires have been flooded via real mass enthusiasm and their bothered elites have been at one with many of the inhabitants. however the process the conflict placed this lower than most unlikely pressure, with a deadly rupture among an ever extra severe and unrealistic management and an exhausted and embittered humans. after all they failed and have been crushed by way of defeat and revolution.