PDF or EBOOK (Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I) · Alexander Watson


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  • Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I
  • Alexander Watson
  • English
  • 22 June 2020
  • 9781846142215

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review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I 103 For the empires of Germany and Austria Hungary the Great War which had begun with such high hopes for a fast dramatic outcome rapidly degenerated as invasions of both France and Serbia ended in catastrophe For four years the fighting now turned into a siege on a uite monstrous scale Europe became the focus of fighting of a kind previously unimagined. 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 Cop Next Door 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 Chaos in the Capital City resentment and Cowboy at the Crossroads rancour which all but guaranteed a Cowboy Brigade 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

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review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I 103 Despite local successes and an apparent triumph in Russia Germany and Austria Hungary were never able to break out of the the Allies' ring of steelIn Alexander Watson's compelling new history of the Great War all the major events of the war are seen from the perspective of Berlin and Vienna It is fundamentally a history of ordinary people In 1914 bot. 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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review Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I 103 H empires were flooded by genuine mass enthusiasm and their troubled elites were at one with most of the population But the course of the war put this under impossible strain with a fatal rupture between an ever extreme and unrealistic leadership and an exhausted and embittered people In the end they failed and were overwhelmed by defeat and revoluti. An excellent and comprehensive history of the Austrian and German war effort during the First World War One of Watson s main arguments is that the history of these nations from 1914 1918 played a major role in Europe s later catastrophe in the 1930s and 1940s The great material and emotional investment of Germany and Austria Hungary he writes ensured that defeat when it came would have a catastrophic impact on their societies Germany s defeat was to a large degree psychologicalWatson describes all of the ill formulated decisions made by the governments in Berlin and Vienna governments that Watson argues knew little about their society s suitability for total war or lack thereof For example the crisis atmosphere in Vienna before the war was to some degree justified by problems related to its ethnic diversity but most of these ethnic groups simply wanted autonomy rather than full independence and were willing to compromise one of many distinctions that Vienna failed to appreciate At the same time the disconnect between German diplomacy and military strategy was one of the causes for the war s outbreak and one of the causes for America s entry into the war Watson does a great job showing these two powers at war from their initial victories to their eventual defeat He describes the ebb and flow of the Central Powers fortunes and the impact it had on the civilian population His depiction of Germanya powerful modern nation state and Austria Hungary a backward multi ethnic melting pot held together by flimsy compromises was very interesting He also explores many related issues that other histories tend to overlook like how the people of both nations reacted to inept leadership and how the war prompted invasions and forced migrations that led to considerable ethnic tensions later The Central Powers administration of the territory they conuered is also given good treatment Watson shows how both powers were surrounded on all sides by hostile nations with superior forces and stronger economies and how this influenced their decision to try for a uick victory in the west before bringing overwhelming strength to bear on the east But of course 1914 turned out to be disappointment and they were stuck with a costly eastern front and the eventual intervention of the US forced by German ham handedness into a war it wanted to avoid which blocked any hopes of any kind of victory on the western front They were able to keep fighting for so long or less because they simply had no choice and because they were successful in stirring up their populations against the enemy although this was easier done in Germany than in Austria HungaryA great history of these nations war efforts Much of the book s perspective deals with the Central Powers military and population meaning we get little regarding their intellectuals or the German politics of the war still Watson does an admirable job explaining this from Austria Hungary s perspective since that side of the issue is so much complicated


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    characters Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I PDF or EBOOK (Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I) · Alexander Watson read & download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Alexander Watson An excellent and comprehensive history of the Austrian and German war effort during the First World War One of Watson’s main arguments is that the history of these nations from 1914 1918 played a major role in Europe’s later catastrophe in the 1930s and 1940s “The great material and emotional investment” of German

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    PDF or EBOOK (Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I) · Alexander Watson 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 satisfying analysi

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