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Old January 4th, 2013, 08:10 AM   #1

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A couple of months ago I noticed that World War 1 will experience its various centenial moments over the next few years. It motivated me to get a few new books for Christmas and start reading. So far I have the war going. Started with:

Amazon.com: The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (9780345476098): Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: Books
Amazon.com: The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (9780345476098): Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: Books



I really enjoyed the book with its focus on the pre-war run and the initial invasion. I haven't yet read enough to know if the author's descriptions of the people were on target but I did feel good about getting a cross section of personalities from both sides. The explanations concerning Belgium's role in bringing on Britain. Men like Wilson and Churchill needed no prodding but the attack on Belgium was required to get the peace party on board with the program.

Also very interesting to see how the French and Germans existed on the verge of war for years. Certainly suggesting that war between those two was inevitable from the start.

It was also my first experience reading much about the Russians and the Dual Monarchy.

Anyway, this morning I am wondering about upcoming events. Does anyone know of planned memorials, etc. for the 100 year anniversary dates.
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A couple of months ago I noticed that World War 1 will experience its various centenial moments over the next few years. It motivated me to get a few new books for Christmas and start reading. So far I have the war going. Started with:

Amazon.com: The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (9780345476098): Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: Books


I really enjoyed the book with its focus on the pre-war run and the initial invasion. I haven't yet read enough to know if the author's descriptions of the people were on target but I did feel good about getting a cross section of personalities from both sides. The explanations concerning Belgium's role in bringing on Britain. Men like Wilson and Churchill needed no prodding but the attack on Belgium was required to get the peace party on board with the program.

Also very interesting to see how the French and Germans existed on the verge of war for years. Certainly suggesting that war between those two was inevitable from the start.

It was also my first experience reading much about the Russians and the Dual Monarchy.

Anyway, this morning I am wondering about upcoming events. Does anyone know of planned memorials, etc. for the 100 year anniversary dates.
BBC News - WWI centenary remembrance plans given Ł50m by government
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A couple of months ago I noticed that World War 1 will experience its various centenial moments over the next few years. It motivated me to get a few new books for Christmas and start reading. So far I have the war going. Started with:

Amazon.com: The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (9780345476098): Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: Books


I really enjoyed the book with its focus on the pre-war run and the initial invasion. I haven't yet read enough to know if the author's descriptions of the people were on target but I did feel good about getting a cross section of personalities from both sides. The explanations concerning Belgium's role in bringing on Britain. Men like Wilson and Churchill needed no prodding but the attack on Belgium was required to get the peace party on board with the program.

Also very interesting to see how the French and Germans existed on the verge of war for years. Certainly suggesting that war between those two was inevitable from the start.

It was also my first experience reading much about the Russians and the Dual Monarchy.

Anyway, this morning I am wondering about upcoming events. Does anyone know of planned memorials, etc. for the 100 year anniversary dates.
The worst part about that book was that it ended at the end of August. I wanted her to continue and cover the whole war in the manner she had covered the first month...though I realize that would have been a bit much to ask.

For the months leading up to the war, I'd also recommend her other book which covers the quarter of a century before the war, the people, events, and underlying social currents that brought Europe into the modern world and made world war inevitable:

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914: Barbara W. Tuchman: 9780345405012: Amazon.com: Books
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914: Barbara W. Tuchman: 9780345405012: Amazon.com: Books

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Old January 4th, 2013, 01:30 PM   #4

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Thanks I'll take a look at it sometime.
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Also very interesting to see how the French and Germans existed on the verge of war for years. Certainly suggesting that war between those two was inevitable from the start.
They had, in some respects, been at loggerheads since ancient times. Significantly the french descended from pro-latin gauls, and the Germans from various antagonistic tribes. Julius Caesar talks about the conflict between them in his commentaries, and also it's interesting that 'German' is derived from the Roman term meaning 'true Celt'.

(That's not a Hitleresque point about racial superiority mind you, although clearly he did draw on such inspiration to justify his views, but simply an observation the Romans made. They did after all remark in the sources that the Gauls were the people that emulated them most closely).
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Baltis-John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.A. whose life was ended abruptly in your Lone Star state on Friday November 22, 1963, in Dallas,Tx, referred to Tuchman's book ''The Guns of August'' during the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.
President Kennedy had recently read Tuchman's book and he told his advisers -psarticularly the nuclear Hawks- that he wanted to avoid the precipitate rush to war that had happened in Europe in July-August 1914. as desiderated by Tuchman in her book,''THE GUNS OF AUGUST''.
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What a cool story for an author to have about her book. One of the ideas I got from the book is that both the Germans and the French not only considered the war to be inevitable, they also both seemed to want it.
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Looking back a year ago I started learning about World War One. With all the hoopla (ok, a little hoopla) about 100 year anniversary turning to the Great War seemed like a natural way to go for a person looking to expand into a new subject. Somewhere along the way I decided that 20 books during 2013 would form a nice base to get into the subject a bit deeper during the 4 years of centennial. Twelve months later and I think 20 books is nowhere close to enough for such an immense subject. However, this post is also a slight confession. It looks like the last two will remain unfinished at midnight tonight. I could probably get busy and complete one of them but the other is barely started. Anyway, here is the rundown:

The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I: Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: 9780345476098: Amazon.com: Books
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I: Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie: 9780345476098: Amazon.com: Books


Then to the retreat at Mons:

RETREAT AND REARGUARD 1914: The BEF's Actions From Mons to the Marne: Jerry Murland: 9781848843912: Amazon.com: Books
RETREAT AND REARGUARD 1914: The BEF's Actions From Mons to the Marne: Jerry Murland: 9781848843912: Amazon.com: Books


The miracle on the Marne:

The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World: Holger H. Herwig: 9780812978292: Amazon.com: Books
The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World: Holger H. Herwig: 9780812978292: Amazon.com: Books


And the formation of the Western Front:

BATTLE ON THE AISNE 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front: Jerry Murland: 9781848847699: Amazon.com: Books
BATTLE ON THE AISNE 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front: Jerry Murland: 9781848847699: Amazon.com: Books



First Ypres 1914: The Graveyard of the Old Contemptibles (Campaign): David Lomas, Ed Dovey: 9781855325739: Amazon.com: Books
First Ypres 1914: The Graveyard of the Old Contemptibles (Campaign): David Lomas, Ed Dovey: 9781855325739: Amazon.com: Books


Time to visit the Eastern Front:

Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914 (Cornerstones of Military History): Dennis Showalter: 9781574887815: Amazon.com: Books
Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914 (Cornerstones of Military History): Dennis Showalter: 9781574887815: Amazon.com: Books


Eastern Front 1914-1917: Norman Stone: 9780140267259: Amazon.com: Books
Eastern Front 1914-1917: Norman Stone: 9780140267259: Amazon.com: Books


then, started looking more at Austria - Hungary

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915 (Modern War Studies): Graydon A. Tunstall: 9780700617203: Amazon.com: Books
Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915 (Modern War Studies): Graydon A. Tunstall: 9780700617203: Amazon.com: Books


Gorlice - Tarnow

Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915 (War, Technology, and History): Richard L. DiNardo: 9780275991104: Amazon.com: Books
Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915 (War, Technology, and History): Richard L. DiNardo: 9780275991104: Amazon.com: Books


Branching out and stepping back to look at Serbia:

BALKANS, ITALY AND AFRICA 1914-1918, THE (The History of World War I): David Jordan: 9781906626143: Amazon.com: Books
BALKANS, ITALY AND AFRICA 1914-1918, THE (The History of World War I): David Jordan: 9781906626143: Amazon.com: Books


Then the Ottoman Empire with a couple of essays on the Armenian campaign

followed by an interesting look a Gallipoli from POV of Ottomans:

GALLIPOLI: THE OTTOMAN CAMPAIGN: Edward J. Erickson: 9781844159673: Amazon.com: Books
GALLIPOLI: THE OTTOMAN CAMPAIGN: Edward J. Erickson: 9781844159673: Amazon.com: Books


Moved south to Africa:

The Great War in Africa: 1914-1918: Byron Farwell: 9780393305647: Amazon.com: Books
The Great War in Africa: 1914-1918: Byron Farwell: 9780393305647: Amazon.com: Books


German Cruisers terrorize the globe in the early days:

Death At Sea: Graf Spee and the Flight of the German East Asiatic Naval Squadron in 1914: Eric Dorn Brose: 9781453738610: Amazon.com: Books
Death At Sea: Graf Spee and the Flight of the German East Asiatic Naval Squadron in 1914: Eric Dorn Brose: 9781453738610: Amazon.com: Books


Ready for a broad survey book:

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918: G.J. Meyer: 9780553382402: Amazon.com: Books
A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918: G.J. Meyer: 9780553382402: Amazon.com: Books


A couple of eyewitness accounts:

Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die: Memoirs of a World War I Marine: Elton Mackin: 9780891415930: Amazon.com: Books
Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die: Memoirs of a World War I Marine: Elton Mackin: 9780891415930: Amazon.com: Books



Amazon.com: On the Front Line: True World War I Stories eBook: Jon E. Lewis: Books
Amazon.com: On the Front Line: True World War I Stories eBook: Jon E. Lewis: Books



Trench warfare and tactics:

Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I: John Ellis: 9780801839474: Amazon.com: Books
Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I: John Ellis: 9780801839474: Amazon.com: Books


The Italian Campaign:

CAPORETTO AND THE ISONZO CAMPAIGN: The Italian Front 1915-1918: John Macdonald, Željko Cimpric: 9781848846715: Amazon.com: Books
CAPORETTO AND THE ISONZO CAMPAIGN: The Italian Front 1915-1918: John Macdonald, Željko Cimpric: 9781848846715: Amazon.com: Books


Back to the Western Front:

The Somme: Robin Prior, Professor Trevor Wilson: 9780300119633: Amazon.com: Books
The Somme: Robin Prior, Professor Trevor Wilson: 9780300119633: Amazon.com: Books


And the latest book that I recently started goes back into a survey of the war but focus on Germany and Austria-Hungary

The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 (Modern Wars): Holger Herwig: 9780340573488: Amazon.com: Books
The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918 (Modern Wars): Holger Herwig: 9780340573488: Amazon.com: Books


Anyway, hope to continue into the New Year. The anniversary should begin next summer but, in truth, the 100 years will not end until late in 2018. I hope to keep this line of posts active until then for continuing discussion on this important event.

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Had a chance to visit the museum in Kansas City again this past week. As always it inspired some reading. This time I went looking for some Canadian information. Saw a Canadian movie once called Passchendaele and it introduced me to their story.

went a bit further on the battles in Flanders with:

Amazon.com: Passchendaele (Yale Nota Bene S) eBook: Robin Prior: Books
Amazon.com: Passchendaele (Yale Nota Bene S) eBook: Robin Prior: Books



Since the book tried to cover the entire battle, which, in WW1 usually means there is little detail to be had, I also chose this book. it follows the CanScots from inception to war's end. Not finished yet but really enjoying it. Going to put a couple of quotes up in the tidbits thread.

Amazon.com: Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War eBook: Mark Zuehlke: Books
Amazon.com: Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War eBook: Mark Zuehlke: Books

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If you are interested in the naval history of the war check out this:

Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea:Amazon:Books
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea:Amazon:Books

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