[PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I

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Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I characters á 7 Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary An award winning historian presents a groundbreaking new history of World War I from the perspective of the Central Powers showing how wartime suffering led not only to the fall of an empire but also to a fundamental breakdown of societyFor Germany and Austria Hungary the First World War started with high hopes for a rapid decisive outcome Convinced that right was on their side and fearful of the enemies that encircled them they threw themselves resolutely into battle Yet despite the initial halting of a brutal Russian invasion the Central Powers' war plans soon unravelled Germany's attack on France failed Austria Hungary's armies suffered catastrophic los. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the subject material was a little dry I particularly enjoyed the use of diary entries and letters from homethe front which the author used to illustrate his points with a human touchIt explores the societal effects of the war on the populations of the main Central Powers Germany and Austro Hungary It shows how initial enthusiasm turned to disappointment and dejection as the war dragged on and the loss of men and materiel mounted This was not helped by the dastardly English blockarding ports so that the civilians on the Home Front were slowly starvedThe loss of support amongst the civilians at home set up a feedback loop when the wave of troops released from the Eastern front in early 2018 failed to provide the knockout blow to France and England as had been anticipated In the end the German army was barely holding on and Austria collapsed from within as its constituent nations voted with their feetStupidly the victorious Entente imposed a swinging peace leading to resentment and rancour which all but guaranteed a re match This duly occured in 1939 as a populist orator exploited the myth that the undefeated armies at the front were betrayed by treasonous civilians the stab in the back dolchsto legende to lead an aggrieved nation back to war Not that it worked out any better for the GermansWell worth a read

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Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I characters á 7 Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary Ses at Russian and Serbian hands Hopes of a uick victory lay in ruinsFor the Central Powers the war now became a siege on a monstrous scale Britain's ruthless intervention cut sea routes to central Europe and mobilised the world against them Germany and Austria Hungary were to be strangled of war supplies and food their soldiers overwhelmed by better armed enemies and their civilians brought to the brink of starvation Conuest and plunder land offensives and submarine warfare all proved powerless to counter or break the blockade The Central Powers were trapped in the Allies' ever tightening ring of steel Alexander Watson's compelling new history retells the. Inside this giant of a tome is an average sized book crying to be freedI m fond of saying nobody cares about World War I That s because it s true Only strange people like me would first learn about the war at ten years old from a book in the school library It all began with an assassination in Sarajevo Hey that sounds exotic Exciting I m in Now let s learn about propaganda and trench warfare and poison gas and the Red Baron Awesome stuff for bookworm boysLittle did I know I d end up living in the city where the war officially began Belgrade Last year a friend of mine visited and I took him to the place where the mighty Danube meets the eually excellent Sava Right there I pointed across the confluence On that side of the river was the Austro Hungarian Empire And here gunboats opened fire on the city Later my wife told me I d pointed at the wrong spotEven those who ve heard of WWI know only the popular version which goes something like thisThe evil Germans started the war in order to dominate Europe if not the worldOnly America stopped themA hundred years later this remains the gospel among those in the know Last year the inimitable mayor of London Boris Johnson went out of his way to write an editorial urging us not to be swayed by other historical facts In the end he said Germany was to blame and Germany got what it had coming to them Never mind that Germany which did declare war on Russia and France which did invade gallant little Belgium on its way to France nevertheless never declared war on Britain Britain sacrificed nearly a million of its own voluntarilyWhat s been needed for a long time is a history of our Satanic enemies Germany and the Austro Hungarian Empire Ring of Steel provides that Unfortunately it provides far too much of itI have mixed impressions and really want to give this important work stars but the fact is every time I read it I felt like I had to outrun an avalanche of information when really a uarter would have sufficed This is a shame because the writing is clear The writing is interesting The writing is well organized The writing is fair all of which I love about a good history But there s too much to consume It even got to the point where I d read the first sentence of a paragraph only to skim the rest because I knew one interesting detail was inevitably going to be followed by ten not so interestingAs I write this though I must admit I did read one section thoroughly There must have been 20 pages or so dedicated to the Germans who served on the submarine fleet I thought it was fascinating And yet the detail was no less than it was for other aspects of the war recorded in Ring of Steel So perhaps I should say that this comprehensive history has something for everyone depending on what that something is Perhaps I should give it a future re read

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Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I characters á 7 Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary War from the perspectives of its instigators and losers the Germans and Austro Hungarians This is the story not just of their leaders in Berlin and Vienna but above all of the people Only through their unprecedented mobilisation could the conflict last so long and be so bitterly fought and only with the waning of their commitment did it end The war shattered their societies destroyed their states and beueathed to east central Europe a poisonous legacy of unredeemed sacrifice suffering race hatred and violence A major re evaluation of the First World War Ring of Steel is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the last century of European histor. This is an outstanding work It speaks of Germany and Austria Hungary as surrounded by a ring of steel in World War I Great Britain France Russia Italy later the United States and some smaller countries They were outnumberedThis story is told from the perspective of Germany and Austria Hungary It is the story of government and the people It is less of a military history If you wish a detailed description of the masterful defeat of Russian forces at Tannenberg you won t get it There are only four pages out of a volume of 566 pages that even mention this battle Of course there are other volumes that focus on the battles and campaigns in great detail eg Collision of Empires The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 and one can refer to them for that aspect of the warThe volume provides considerable information on how warfare affected the people back home Over time with the British blockade of sea lanes which Germany depended upon for food and other key goods there was a slow strangulation of Germany Austria Hungary Some of its bread basket was occupied by Russian forces for a time creating great hardship at home Indeed there is much discussion in this book of the interrelation of military issues and what was occurring in the two home countries There is also considerable discussion of the political conseuences in both Germany and Austria Hungary from the warWe learn a great deal about major figures in Germany from Hindenburg and Ludendorff and the Kaiser and Western generals to key political leaders The same with key players from Austria Hungary One immediate lesson military leaders in the German military were much able than their colleagues from Austria HungaryThis is a terrific book Sometimes reading becomes a bit tedious from the massively detailed discussion of various elements of the conflict But persevering is very much well worth the effort


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    [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I If you’ve run across any of my other reviews of World War I related books you will know that I have spent approximately the last three and a half years trying to learn everything I can about the Great War I can p

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    Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I I thought this would be a slog at 800 pages but found it a surprisingly readable and a thought provoking bookRing of Steel tells the story of World War 1 from the other side of the hill and claims to be the first modern history from this viewp

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    review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the subject material was a little dry I particularly enjoyed the use of diary entries and letters from homethe front which the author used to illustrate his points with a human touchIt explores the so

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    [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I Ring Of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson is just as it sounds A gigantic tome of information on the life and times of the Central Powers excluding Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire as they fought in World War I Germany and Austria Hungary are often maligned as the evil empires that started WWI I

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    [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I Most books about the First World War are in one thing clear Germany and Austro Hungarians were the bad guys and their opponents were the good ones This is why we often see things from the side of these good people often overlooking what happe

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    Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I This is an outstanding work It speaks of Germany and Austria Hungary as surrounded by a ring of steel in World War I Great Britain France Russi

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    [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson Alexander Watson Þ 7 Summary An excellent and comprehensive history of the Austrian and German war effort during the First World War One of Wat

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    Read & Download Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Alexander Watson [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I There isn't much popular history available which provides an internal view of the Central Powers during WW1 so this book is a worthwhile read on that basis This is a survey history so it necessarily covers a great deal of ground at a high level However the prose is readable and Watson provides enough details to keep it in

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    [PDF/EBOOK] Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I History is written by the victors This is why I found the idea of ​​writing about World War I from the point of view of the losers Germany and Austria Hungary fascinating by its uniueness Ring of Steel is one of the best history books I have ever read Watson's elouent writing and his intellectually satisfyi

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  • Hardcover
  • 832
  • Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I
  • Alexander Watson
  • English
  • 19 October 2020
  • 9780465018727