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Road to Verdun

France, Nationalism and the First World War

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The Road to Verdun: France, Nationalism and the First World War by Ian Ousby
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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. For the French in particular, it was always more than just a battle, being rather (in Paul Valery's words) 'a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War'. Ian Ousby's book gives a vivid, insightful account of the general's planning and the troops' suffering. It challenges the narrow horizons of military history by locating the experience of Verdun in how the French thought about themselves, their nation and their relations with their eastern neighbour. Verdun emerges as the mid-point in the cycle of Franco-German hostility, carrying both the burden of history and the seeds of the future.
Release date NZ
January 2nd, 2003
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
16pp b/w halftones
Imprint
Pimlico
Pages
320
Dimensions
129x198x27
ISBN-13
9780712664301
Product ID
1696800

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