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Re-visiting World War I

Interpretations and Perspectives of the Great Conflict

Jarosław Suchoples and Stephanie James

This book discusses various aspects of World War I. It focuses on topics proposed by contributors resulting from their own research interests. Nevertheless, as a result of common efforts, re-visiting those chosen aspects of the Great War of 1914–1918 enables the presentation of a volume that shows the multidimensional nature and consequences of this turning point in the history of particular nations, if not all mankind. This book, if treated as an intellectual journey through several continents, shows that World War I was not exclusively Europe’s war, and that it touched – in different ways – more parts of the globe than usually considered.
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Oliver Janz - The Long War


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Oliver Janz

Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

The Long War

Abstract: Recent scholarship on World War I is increasingly undergoing a shift in focus away from Western Europe and the Western Front towards Eastern Europe, the Near and Middle East, and other global dimensions of the war. Seen from this perspective, World War I was not only a truly pan-European and global war, but also a much longer war than hitherto conventionally acknowledged. This perspective is not to be confounded with the problematic thesis of the ‘Second Thirty Years War’ which emphasizes the continuities between the two world wars. It rather focuses on the numerous wars and civil wars which took place immediately after the Great War. In Eastern Europe, World War I was quickly followed by several conflicts between the new states emerging in the region, from Finland to Yugoslavia, and by the Russian Civil War which, presumably, cost more lives than the Great War itself. For the Near and Middle East, World War I was only one part of a more far-reaching conflict that began with the Italo-Turkish War in 1911, transitioned into the Balkan Wars, and only came to a final conclusion in 1922, a ‘greater war,’ which decimated the whole region, with long-lasting repercussions.

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