For his account of the battle, ousby drew on first-hand recollections, and he examined its symbolic importance in both french and german history at the time of his death, ousby was working on a book about the climate of ideas and attitudes in europe in the period leading up to the first world war. History books military history books the road to verdun: world war i's most momentous battle and the folly of nationalism. A major contributing factor to the tension between great powers that led to the outbreak of the first world war was called nationalism nationalism led to the outbreak of the war when countries wanted to show themselves as the most powerful and advanced society on the planet.
World war i was a defining event in world history in august 1914 the nations of europe tumbled into a war that would ravage their continent and shape the course of the next century mankind had known wars of destruction and folly before – but none approached the scale and barbarity of world war i. Ousby never seemed a very contemporary figure and eschewed fashion and fashions of all kinds mannered and slightly languid - but not eccentric - in speech and dress, he was an essentially shy man who was able, through the clarity of his thought and the manner of his expression, to get trenchantly to the heart of the matter, somewhat like a 19th-century essayist but without a hint of the dilettante. Ousby has divided the book into three sections: the first is the beginning of the attack on verdun in 1914 and the german attack in 1916 the second is supposed to be a history of france from 1870 to 1914, but is really an historical polemic that begins with the french revolution of 1789 and goes all the way up to the 1940 surrender the third section is the french reaction to the german advance and their counter-attack.
World war i was a defining event in world history in august 1914 europe tumbled into a war that would ravage the continent and shape the next century “the first world war was a tragic and unnecessary conflict unnecessary because the train of events that led to its outbreak might have been broken at any point during the five weeks of. The road to verdun: france, nationalism and the first world war by ian ousby 324pp, jonathan cape, £1799 reviewing a book on a subject about which one has written oneself is difficult. The road to verdun: france, nationalism and the first world war - kindle edition by ian ousby download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the road to verdun: france, nationalism and the first world war.
Ian ousby, the road to verdun: france, nationalism, and the first world war (j cape 2002 anchor pb 2003) there is an excellent bibliography of french and english sources at the back of paul jankowski’s.
The road to verdun: france, nationalism and the first world war by ian ousby 324pp, jonathan cape, £1799 reviewing a book on a subject about which one has written oneself is difficult when the author of the work has died shortly before publication, the difficulty is doubled. Author ousby, ian, 1947-subjects verdun, battle of, 1916 verdun, battle of, verdun, france, 1916 world war, 1914-1918 - campaigns - france audience adult summary verdun was the largest, the longest and the bloodiest battle between the french and germans in the first world war, lasting from february 1916 until the end of the year and claiming more than 700,000 casualties. Sidelights: ian ousby examined two critical subjects in french history with his books the road to verdun: nationalism and the folly of world war i's most momentous battle and occupation: the ordeal of france, 1940-1944.
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