Kathleen Burk

How Much do We Want to Know?

The First World War, Volume I: To Arms

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The question is, just how much do you want to know about the First World War, the Great War, la grande guerre, Der Weltkrieg? If you are happy with the usual Anglophone approach – an emphasis on Great Britain, on the Western Front and on the army – then this book is not for you. It is especially not for you if you lack a certain stamina: just under twelve hundred pages long, this volume is the first of three. But if you are a reader whose eyes are open to the widest range of history, who wants to follow the threads to the furthest reaches of the web, this book will ensnare you.

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