By David R. Stone
Of the 4 empires at warfare via the tip of 1914—the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, German, and Russian—none survived. yet particular political, social, and fiscal weaknesses formed the best way Russia collapsed and lower back as a considerably new Soviet regime. it really is this context that Stone's paintings offers, that provides readers a extra really apt view of Russia's struggle at the domestic entrance in addition to at the entrance traces. One key and fateful distinction within the Russian event emerges the following: its failure to systematically and comprehensively reorganize its society for warfare, whereas the 3 westernmost powers launched into courses of overall mobilization.
Context is additionally important to realizing the actual rhythm of the warfare within the east. Drawing on fresh and newly on hand scholarship in Russian and in English, Stone deals a nuanced account of Russia's army operations, targeting the uninterrupted series of campaigns within the first 18 months of conflict. The jap empires' race to break down underlines the severe significance of contingency within the entire tale of global warfare I. accurately whilst and the way Russia misplaced the warfare was once prompted through the structural strengths and weaknesses of its social and economy, but in addition via the result of occasions at the battlefield. by means of bringing those occasions into concentration, and placing them into context, this ebook corrects and enriches our photo of global struggle I, and of the real strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and successes of the Russian military within the nice War.
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