Ring of Steel: Germany And Austria-hungary At War; 1914-1918 (2020)

Ring of Steel: Germany And Austria-hungary At War; 1914-1918 Alexander Watson Ring of Steel Germany And Austria hungary At War For the empires of Germany and Austria Hungary the Great War which had begun with such high hopes for a fast dramatic outcome rapidly degenerated as invasions of both France and Serbia ended in catas
  • Title: Ring of Steel: Germany And Austria-hungary At War; 1914-1918
  • Author: Alexander Watson
  • ISBN: 9781846142215
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
Ring of Steel: Germany And Austria-hungary At War; 1914-1918 Alexander Watson For the empires of Germany and Austria Hungary the Great War which had begun with such high hopes for a fast, dramatic outcome rapidly degenerated as invasions of both France and Serbia ended in catastrophe For four years the fighting now turned into a siege on a quite monstrous scale Europe became the focus of fighting of a kind previously unimagined Despite localFor the empires of Germany and Austria Hungary the Great War which had begun with such high hopes for a fast, dramatic outcome rapidly degenerated as invasions of both France and Serbia ended in catastrophe For four years the fighting now turned into a siege on a quite monstrous scale Europe became the focus of fighting of a kind previously unimagined Despite local successes and an apparent triumph in Russia Germany and Austria Hungary were never able to break out of the the Allies ring of steel.In Alexander Watson s compelling new history of the Great War, all the major events of the war are seen from the perspective of Berlin and Vienna It is fundamentally a history of ordinary people In 1914 both empires were flooded by genuine mass enthusiasm and their troubled elites were at one with most of the population But the course of the war put this under impossible strain, with a fatal rupture between an ever extreme and unrealistic leadership and an exhausted and embittered people In the end they failed and were overwhelmed by defeat and revolution.
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  1. Matt

    If you ve run across any of my other reviews of World War I related books, you will know that I have spent approximately the last three and a half years trying to learn everything I can about the Great War I can pinpoint the date because this was a conscious decision I made when I learned that my wife with pregnant with our first kid I thought to myself, Self, you re about to lose a bunch of your free time You better choose one thing besides wine as a hobby, and go with it I chose WWI for a coup [...]

  2. Joseph

    We began the war, not the Germans and still less the Entente I know that Baron Leopold von Andrian Westberg Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson is the history of World War I from a German and Austrian setting Watson holds a PhD from Oxford University He lectures on the social, economic, military and political history of the First World War, the Second World War, and the Habsburg Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries He currently teac [...]

  3. Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)

    I thought this would be a slog at 800 pages, but found it a surprisingly readable and a thought provoking book.Ring of Steel tells the story of World War 1 from the other side of the hill and claims to be the first modern history from this viewpoint.Being a World War 2 devotee this book really opened my eyes to the German Austro Hungarian viewpoint and decision making in World War 1 It really is a fascinating read telling the story of how Germany and Austria Hungary initially mobilised the suppo [...]

  4. Kevin Cole

    Inside this giant of a tome is an average sized book crying to be freed I m fond of saying nobody cares about World War I That s because it s true Only strange people like me would first learn about the war at ten years old from a book in the school library It all began with an assassination in Sarajevo Hey, that sounds exotic Exciting I m in Now let s learn about propaganda and trench warfare and poison gas and the Red Baron Awesome stuff for bookworm boys.Little did I know I d end up living in [...]

  5. Steven Peterson

    This is an outstanding work It speaks of Germany and Austria Hungary as surrounded by a ring of steel in World War I Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, later the United States, and some smaller countries They were outnumbered.This story is told from the perspective of Germany and Austria Hungary It is the story of government and the people It is less of a military history If you wish a detailed description of the masterful defeat of Russian forces at Tannenberg, you won t get it There are onl [...]

  6. Andrew

    Ring Of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I, by Alexander Watson, is just as it sounds A gigantic tome of information on the life and times of the Central Powers excluding Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire as they fought in World War I Germany and Austria Hungary are often maligned as the evil empires that started WWI I much of the Anglo Saxon world, and as both powers lost the war, history continues to be written, mostly, by the victors Watson takes the opposite approach, looking at [...]

  7. Bfisher

    There isn t much popular history available which provides an internal view of the Central Powers during WW1, so this book is a worthwhile read on that basis This is a survey history, so it necessarily covers a great deal of ground at a high level However, the prose is readable, and Watson provides enough details to keep it interesting, for example, a sentence about a Steiff playset of a French POW transport.It s greatest value lies in its description of how the multi ethnic communities of pre wa [...]

  8. Jerome

    An excellent and comprehensive history of the Austrian and German war effort during the First World War One of Watson s main arguments is that the history of these nations from 1914 1918 played a major role in Europe s later catastrophe in the 1930s and 1940s The great material and emotional investment, of Germany and Austria Hungary, he writes, ensured that defeat, when it came, would have a catastrophic impact on their societies Germany s defeat was to a large degree psychological.Watson descr [...]

  9. Thomas

    I received this ARC free from the publisher through Net Galley I give this book 3 stars Two major defects Promised maps are not there Maps in Table of Contents says to come and about 1 2 of charts tables do not load properly Strengths The author has done an impressive amount of research 120pp of footnotes, 60 pp bibliography many of the sources are in the original German The book reads well, w the major focus on the home front,i.e, how the 2 governments harnessed the population to support the wa [...]

  10. Courtney

    I was really looking forward to reading this book and it did not disappoint It s also, I think, quite an accessible history of the First World War from Germany and Austria Hungary s perspective.The book impressed me immediately I feel like whenever you read any histories about the start of the war, you re always told about ethnic tensions and problems within Austria Hungary, but it never goes much deeper than a surface level, very general overview, and then all of a sudden the Archduke has been [...]

  11. Martin Samuels

    Histories of the First World War tend to fall into three categories personal accounts, battle or campaign studies, and strategic narratives from the Entente perspective In this extraordinary book, Alexander Watson has single handedly opened a new category a strategic narrative from the Central Powers perspective.Ranging far and wide, drawing upon the accounts of leading politicians and individual soldiers and civilians, Watson paints a picture of the experience and course of the war from a viewp [...]

  12. Ton

    Very strong account of the First World War from the perspective of the Central Powers Emphasis is on what the effects of the war were on the population, and how decisions by leadership affected those populations The decisionmaking process is also examined, with powerful argumentation about intent and reasons given why intentions did not pan out or did not pan out as wished.Most impressive parts, for me, are the tragedy that the different nations goaded themselves and eachother into going to war [...]

  13. Bob H

    It s than a military history this book tells us much about the economic and social events of the war, and from the standpoint of the two empires peoples We also see the decisions, often mistaken, by their leaders the Austro Hungarian policy of reprisal and atrocity far extensive than the Germans , we find the German decision to open U boat warfare against neutral shipping, bringing in the US on the enemy side the missteps in peace negotiations in Russia and elsewhere A century on, it s a detai [...]

  14. Steve

    This is a hugely important book about an all too misunderstood or even worse, ignored area of history which was incredibly decisive for the course of the twentieth century as a whole I am wholly convinced by Watson s basic thesis that the ways in which the Austro Hungarian and German home fronts experienced the trauma of World War One was critical for how the flawed peace of 1918 1919 transformed into the fiery cataclysm of World War Two Specifically, Watson joins a rising chorus of voices see a [...]

  15. Gumble"s Yard

    Engrossing account of the First World War examining the war exclusively from the viewpoints of the Germans and Austro Hungarians and also examining the war holistically, looking particularly at its impact on society as well as the trends and forces set in motion which would lead to the horrors of the Second World War.A key theme of the book is that for both societies the war was by necessity a total people s war relying for its success on a mobilisation of all parts of society bottom up as well [...]

  16. John Levon

    A fascinating history of the 1st world war as seen from the other side I didn t know much, so there s some useful basics here, but it s really interesting reading about the attitudes of the German military, the people, and the Austro Hungarians It s a very long book, but well worth it.

  17. Torsten

    New perspective on WWITo me at least uncharted territory In mapping the internal development of the Central Powers in WWI Presented in very readable form.

  18. David Bird

    Alexander Watson sets out to redress the imbalance of anglophone histories of the first world war by presenting the story of the Central Powers, both their armies and their peoples For this alone, the book would be valuable, for it tells many stories that do not warrant space in most British and American accounts that tend to center on the experiences of the B.E.F or even the A.E.F with the French reduced to Allies, and the occasional nod to the existence of an Eastern Front The portrait that em [...]

  19. Justin

    It s quite difficult to find a book about the First World War that isn t told from the British perspective at least in the English language , which seems a remarkable oversight I couldn t find anything from the French perspective, while this book is the only history that I found about the Central Powers experience, and that makes it a very worthwhile book It is also the reason for its main fault that Watson labours his points why use one example when five will suffice , and that turns his work i [...]

  20. Emmanuel Gustin

    This is, as histories of wars go, a somewhat unusual book It focuses on the Central Powers of World War I, Germany and the Austro Hungarian Dual Monarchy, telling the story from the side of the losers It is not a military history, in the sense that it devotes relatively few of its 566 pages not including notes and bibliography to fighting and battles, although it does some Instead, this is mostly a political history, a social history, and economic history The history of people s and states under [...]

  21. David

    This detailed history of WW 1 focuses on just two of the combatants Germany and Austria Hungary but ranges over a wide and varied number of elements The subtitle, The People s War, could also be read as The Total War, in that the book demonstrates how broadly the conflict involved people at all levels of society, from politicians, diplomats, and officers in high places to soldiers in the trenches and under water to farmers and factory workers on the home front.The author aims at three main theme [...]

  22. John Daly

    Book 16 of 40 in the 2015 book challenge.So we are in year two of the centennial of The Great War Some great books came out at the end of last year to celebrate the anniversary this is one of the ones I was looking forward to reading.Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson is an examination of the war and its causes from the perspective of the aggressors It provides an excellent examination into why Germany pursued a course of action that lead to the war It a [...]

  23. Paul Duggan

    Unlike the many histories of The Great War I ve read, this volume presents the details of the war from the perspective of the German and Austro Hungarian peoples and their leaders.Through reading this book I have come to understand for the first time the complex history and organization of the Austro Hungarian Empire The role of the Dual Monarchy in The Great War is seldom adequately explained it is often lumped in with Germany Prussia as The Central Powers But the German s partner actually inst [...]

  24. Fred Svoboda

    This is a work of very considerable erudition, pulling together much information about how the Germans and Austro Hungarians viewed WWI, its roots and progress Early on in the book this is a problem, particularly in that there is so much material and a lot of the material about the beginnings of the war is well known It s just too much and too familiar After a few chapters we get into less known material, and the reading experience improves considerably It still is not a fast and entertaining re [...]

  25. John

    At times this book seemed to be a bit of a slog, but I persisted and it was well worth it.Watson does an excellent job of upending comfortable Anglocentric preconceptions about the First World War, and paints a vivid portrait of the suffering undergone by the peoples of Austria Hungary and Germany.He also does a good job of highlighting the subtleties employed by the Germans, both at home and in their occupied territories to move their war effort forward The portrayal of the German authorities i [...]

  26. Bill V

    While the book is well researched, it focused way too much on non military issues such as starvation, propaganda, politics, ethnic minorities and the home front Outside a chapter devoted to the U boat campaign, I don t believe there are 30 pages throughout the book dedicated to battles or military campaigns Most of the military action that is covered deals with the western front which is extensively covered in other books There is little dealing with the eastern front campaigns other than a coup [...]

  27. Robert Sparrenberger

    I ve always found WWI very interesting and when this book came out I was very excited Usually World War I is written with either France, Britain or the United States as the main focus This book does the exact opposite and focused on the Germans and the Austria Hungarian empire and specifically the people of those empires and how the war affected them That being said, the book was boring This book is written like a thesis Extensive details and notes at the end encompass this tome It just dragged [...]

  28. Pieter

    This book has found an interesting angle focus on the role of the Central Powers during WW I Of course it covers the well known story of the German Kaiser handing over a blank cheque to the Austrians, the main battlefields, the Russian revolution and the surrender of the Central Powers in 1918 But a lot of interesting data and details are shared the overrepresentation of German and Magyar officers in the Austrian army, the Austrian support for nationalist Ruthenes, the British naval blockade tha [...]

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