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- DescriptionIn a compact but comprehensive and clear narrative, this book explores the First World War from a genuinely global perspective. Putting a human face on the war, William Kelleher Storey takes into account individual decisions and experiences as well as environmental and techlogical factors such as food, geography, manpower, and weapons. He argues that the war profoundly changed the ways in which people imagined the landscape around them and thought about techlogy and the environment. Before the war, Europe and its colonies generally regarded industrial techlogy as an instrument of modernity; the landscape existed to be conquered, divided, and ruled. During and after the war, the costs of conquest became much higher, raising significant doubts about the value of progress. Soldiers experienced profound personal degradation, physical injuries, and mental collapse in the midst of nightmarish, techlogically induced environmental conditions, which they vividly remembered when they formed new identities in the postwar world. Although people did t abandon thoughts of techlogical advance, after the war they had a keener sense of modernity's costs. Without neglecting traditional themes, Storey's deft interweaving of the role of environment and techlogy enriches our understanding of the social, political, and military history of the war, t only in Europe, but throughout the world.
- Author BiographyWilliam Kelleher Storey is professor of history and director of the Core Curriculum at Millsaps College.
- Author(s)William Kelleher Storey
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication15/10/2009
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleExploring World History
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Out-of-print date14/02/2012
- Content Notemaps, plan
- Weight444 g
- Width161 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine18 mm
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