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This book tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained and prevailed in the Great War. The scholarly survey on France's role in the war blends diplomatic, military, social, cultural and economic history. This book tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained and prevailed in the Great War. The scholarly survey on France's role in the war blends diplomatic, military, social, cultural and economic history.


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This book tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained and prevailed in the Great War. The scholarly survey on France's role in the war blends diplomatic, military, social, cultural and economic history. This book tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained and prevailed in the Great War. The scholarly survey on France's role in the war blends diplomatic, military, social, cultural and economic history.

41 review for France and the Great War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ekul

    Good synthetic work to introduce readers to the way that World War I affected France.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is a short book, intended to target an undergraduate or non-specialist audience, and introduce them to some of the major themes in current academic study of France in World War One. I read it, fairly cursorily, in graduate school, and kept notes in preparation for comprehensive exams. In that sense, it served its function well, forcing me to look at the "other side" of the First World War in a serious and analytical manner, without distracting me from my major work on Germany. Much of its fo This is a short book, intended to target an undergraduate or non-specialist audience, and introduce them to some of the major themes in current academic study of France in World War One. I read it, fairly cursorily, in graduate school, and kept notes in preparation for comprehensive exams. In that sense, it served its function well, forcing me to look at the "other side" of the First World War in a serious and analytical manner, without distracting me from my major work on Germany. Much of its focus is on the home front and the means by which the "war culture" of France resulted in a relatively unified French society throughout the hardships and occupation of the prolonged trench combat. A chapter which focuses specifically on the soldiers demonstrates the degree to which the horrors of this war prefigured the even greater horrors of the next. Perhaps the most interesting discussion is in regard to mass strikes against the war that took place both in civilian and military workplaces in 1917. These strikes, which did express mass dissatisfaction with the harshness of conditions and the seeming futility of successive assaults against the Germans, did not result in a true anti-War movement, as most French still wanted an honorable peace through victory. Ultimately, the result was the rise of Clemenceau and an associated "brutalization" of French politics, as the leaders of the strikes were court-martialed and shot or harshly sentenced. A final chapter muses on the ambiguity of the final victory and the ways in which the French tried to memorialize their dead. The authors have done a fine job of introducing their subject matter to an unfamiliar audience. When they stray from their expertise, they sometimes make errors (as on page 185, wherein 1998 is claimed to be the "50th" anniversary of Kristallnacht in Germany, when it would have been the 60th), but the main text is free of obvious mistakes. A serious researcher would prefer more citations to follow up on the information given, but the bibliography at the end is probably sufficient for its intended audience. A short but serviceable index at the end also adds to its value. In all, it is a good book to supplement University-level study of one of the most interesting periods in French history.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Hodge

    Another from the World War One research stack, this is by the same authors as 14-18 which I also found very helpful. The authors are particularly good about going back to the 1914-1918 source material rather than accepting the narrative of the war which emerged in the mid to late 1920s. As the title suggests, this focuses on the French experience of WW1. The chapters on the experience of civilians in German occupied France and on the 1917 mutinies were especially helpful. I've added a couple of L Another from the World War One research stack, this is by the same authors as 14-18 which I also found very helpful. The authors are particularly good about going back to the 1914-1918 source material rather than accepting the narrative of the war which emerged in the mid to late 1920s. As the title suggests, this focuses on the French experience of WW1. The chapters on the experience of civilians in German occupied France and on the 1917 mutinies were especially helpful. I've added a couple of Leonard Smith's other books to my to-read pile based on this: The Embattled Self deals with how war veterans dealt with their experience of the war through written expression, and the changes and conventions which writing a narrative imposed on many authors. Between Mutiny and Obedience deals specifically with the 1917 mutinies. A very useful substantive read that pointed me towards a lot of good primary sources and helped me think through some of the issues involved in understanding the French experience of the Great War. Though not dry or dull, it's a fairly academic book. Not the sort of thing one would turn to first as a general reader, but very helpful for my current project.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kamil

    A both thorough and understandable book about France's role in the First world war. Some of the covered topics include: Prewar situaton Social and economical situation throughout the war 1914 battles Life of POWs and in occupied territories 1917 Chemins des dames battle/mutinies and their fallout Propaganda Results of WW1 in the interwar period and after-WW2 A list of tens of cited works at the end of the book expand the various topics and thus offer place for expansion of the reader's knowledge, France A both thorough and understandable book about France's role in the First world war. Some of the covered topics include: Prewar situaton Social and economical situation throughout the war 1914 battles Life of POWs and in occupied territories 1917 Chemins des dames battle/mutinies and their fallout Propaganda Results of WW1 in the interwar period and after-WW2 A list of tens of cited works at the end of the book expand the various topics and thus offer place for expansion of the reader's knowledge, France and the Great war is a definite recommend for any WW1 student, mostly for the intermediate level (you know the basics and would like to delve into the details of a particular country).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    A relatively short undergraduate survey, although great for a general introduction, which I kind of needed, as, frankly, there were a good many things about this war that I knew nothing about until this book told me. Poor World War I, always overshadowed by that other one.... As I've said before, I really like these 'New Approach' things from Cambridge for their reliability and readability. A relatively short undergraduate survey, although great for a general introduction, which I kind of needed, as, frankly, there were a good many things about this war that I knew nothing about until this book told me. Poor World War I, always overshadowed by that other one.... As I've said before, I really like these 'New Approach' things from Cambridge for their reliability and readability.

  7. 5 out of 5

    AskHistorians

    From the Cambridge New Approaches to European History series, this volume provides an overview of France's involvement in the war that's just as much cultural and political as military -- a welcome breadth. Audoin-Rouzeau and Becker are the directors of the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne (the main French museum of the war), and are ably suited to their work in this volume. From the Cambridge New Approaches to European History series, this volume provides an overview of France's involvement in the war that's just as much cultural and political as military -- a welcome breadth. Audoin-Rouzeau and Becker are the directors of the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne (the main French museum of the war), and are ably suited to their work in this volume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Mclain

  9. 4 out of 5

    psczhs

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Meecham

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ellis Spicer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rick Labrash

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rick

  14. 5 out of 5

    Panos Kefalas

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

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    Elvan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Hyland

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    Nicholas

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

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    alain laine

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  23. 4 out of 5

    george hermann

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vermillionice

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Guilford

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    Dave Guinane

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Graham

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    William Meyer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

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    Ian Rawls

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    Maziar Barekati

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    Ryan

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  36. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Zupancic

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    Kelsey

  38. 5 out of 5

    Mike Cunha

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    Jim

  40. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Snell

  41. 5 out of 5

    Rob Melich

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