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By Adrian Gregory

A battle of Peoples, 1914-1919 presents a brand new point of view at the First global warfare, providing a concise narrative of the warfare from the 1st army activities in July 1914 till the signing of the peace treaty by means of Germany in July 1919. Adrian Gregory considers the resources of data to be had to historians and the ways that historians have written in regards to the struggle for over fifty years.

This quantity will allure both to individuals with very little familiarity with the occasions of the struggle and to people who already imagine they learn about it. It provides a thought-provoking account which displays the alterations to historians' figuring out of the conflict. there's a good deal of emphasis on point of the battle that are much less prevalent to English-speaking audiences, quite the struggle in japanese Europe, within the Balkans, and at the Italian entrance. A battle of Peoples, 1914-1919 concludes in 1919 with a learn of the fraught and complicated strategy of peace making, a subject matter that is frequently ignored more often than not surveys that finish on St Martin's Day 1918.

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The Austrian military leadership, in particular the commander of the Imperial army, Conrad von Hötzendorf, were determined to destroy Serbian independence, which they saw as an unacceptable threat to the future of an empire with a large and growing ‘South Slav’ population that might wish to break away and form a union 17 THE FIRST YEAR 1914--1915: ESCALATION with Serbia. Conrad was also willing to risk war with Serbia’s traditional supporter, Russia, which he saw as irredeemably hostile to Vienna and which he confidently believed could be defeated with the support of Austria’s ally Germany.

Before the lines solidified both sides in the west began what would be misnamed the race to the sea, but what was really an attempt to exploit an open flank. In fact, the Germans were initially making an effort on both flanks. In mid-September their forces made a significant advance around St-Mihiel south of the fortress city of Verdun and also pushed forward in the Argonne forest to the west of the city. But the main effort would be made towards the coast. The Belgian army and government had fallen back on the port of Antwerp and this represented a potential threat to the German flank.

A side effect of early naval operations was the entry into the war of the Ottoman Empire. Traditionally Turkey had looked to Britain as its guarantor against Russian ambitions, but as Britain increasingly settled its imperial differences with Russia, the new regime of the Young Turks began to look to Germany instead. In turn German support and investment, including the strategic railway from Berlin to Baghdad, increased 38 THE FIRST YEAR 1914--1915: ESCALATION British suspicions of Turkey’s intentions.

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