Author(s): John Keegan
The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unparalleled ferocity far beyond its European epicentre, it broke the century of relative peace and prosperity which we associate with the Victorian era. It unleashed both the demons of the twentieth century - pestilence, military destruction and mass death - and the ideas which continue to shape our world today - modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, and radical ideas about economics and society. An event of this scale and complexity needs a great historian to portray it, and in this book, John Keegan fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive book on the war. It is foremost a fascinating new interpretation of the military events, but the war also acted as a formidable engine for social change throughout the world, and this too is brilliantly conveyed in Keegan's fascinating and magisterial work.
A major work by our greatest military historian, acclaimed as the definitive history of the First World War, the conflict that shaped the twentieth century.
John Keegan was the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. He was Reith Lecturer in 1998 and the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, Battle at Sea, The Second World War, A History of Warfare, Warpaths, The Battle for History, Intelligence in War and The Iraq War. For many years John Keegan was the Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He received the OBE in the Gulf War honours list, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in August 2012.