World War I: The Great War : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war" - the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.
These 36 riveting half-hour lectures cut through the tangle of historical data to uncover the patterns that make sense of complex events. Whereas most World War I narratives focus on the Western Front in France and Flanders, with its mazelike trenches, gas attacks, constant shelling, assaults "over the top" into withering machine gun fire, and duels of dog-fighting aviators in the sky, Professor Liulevicius also devotes great attention to other important arenas, including the Eastern Front, the Southern Fronts, the War at Sea, the Arab Revolt, the Communist Revolution, the Armenian Massacre, the Spanish Influenza, and more.
Professor Liulevicius combines chronological and thematic approaches for a sweeping survey of World War I's many dimensions. He explores themes such as the surprising eagerness of all parties to plunge into mutual slaughter, the unexpected endurance of societies undergoing total war, the radically different hopes and hatreds that the war evoked, with remarkable contrasts between western and eastern Europe, the meanings that the different sides ascribed to the war, and the role of various ideologies in the war's course and conduct.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Factually incorrect in places but overall an OK listen.

I expected more from an academic. Liulevicius use of emotive language throughout detracted from the facts. He incorrectly stated the British were so desperate for as they resorted to kicking footballs across No Man's Land during attacks. This happened on one occasion during the opening battles of the Somme. Other inaccuracies detract from what could have been a great listen.
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- Dropshort2000

Absolutely excellent listen

Knowing nothing really about the history World War One before I started this book I now feel like I almost lived through it. It's so easy to listen to and provides in depth detail without being hard to follow. One of the most interesting pieces of writing I've ever come across.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses