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Ndle on France failed Austria Hungary's armies suffered catastrophic losses at Russian and Serbian hands Hopes of a uick victory lay in ruinsFor the Central Powers the war now became a siege on a monstrous scale Britain's ruthless intervention cut sea routes to central Europe and mobilised the world against them Germany and Austria Hungary were to be strangled of war supplies and food their soldiers overwhelmed by better armed enemies and their civilians brought to the brink of starvation Conuest and plunder land offensives and submarine warfare all proved powerless to counter or break the blockade The Central Powers were trapped in the Allies' ever tightening ring of steel Alexander Watson. 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 the Central Powers perceptions of the war and its beginnings To be sure the Austro Hungarian and German governments did wish a war to commence especially against the alarmingly powerful Tsarist Russia Germany also had a bit of a grudge against France which had been ongoing for than a century Austria Hungary had a beef with Serbia as wellSo when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of Austria Hungary was assassinated by a terrorist group with either tacit or explicit support from the Serbian government and the Russians began to mobilize a bit to much for their liking the German and Austrian high command thought it a good opportunity to act France and Russia themselves seemed to want a war as each coveted territory held by Germany or Austria Hungary Britain became involved as the narrative goes after the implementation of the Schliffen plan a German offensive through neutral Belgium that would circumvent the massive fortifications on the German France border However Britain seemed poised to attack Germany at any time as well calling on their age old policy of divide and conuer in Europe to keep any one nation from getting to big This book follows these issues from the German and Austrian perspective Serbia had a long history of antagonism toward Austria and vice versa and France had been looking for white hot revenge on Germany for the latters victories in 1871 and 1898 Russia had racially motivated claims on Austrian Galicia Britain wanted to contain German power on the continent and expand its colonial holdings at both Germany and the Ottomans expanse Clearly the evil empire theory can be expanded to include all combatants Watson also examines the viewpoint of the German and Austro Hungarian people at this time The food shortages that hit the Central Powers due to mismanagement hostile blockade and poor yields was devastating for most people War fervour loyalty and national hegemony are examined This period also saw the rise of racially motivated cleansings perpetrated by the central powers and a few of the Entente members as well targeting those deemed disloyal Predictably Jews Polish Ruthenian and Czech subjects of both Empires were targeted with deportation and sometimes martial violence often unfairly Watson notes that Jewish volunteers in both Empires came out in droves at the beginning of the conflict and racial minorities in the Hapsburg domains often came out to try and curry favour for greater autonomy This autonomy was suspect to the ruling German and Hungarian landed gentry and was often met with outright hostility later in the warThe soldiers on the front line and the war are also examined in detail German soldiers faced the same hardships as those they fought with terrifying artillery bombardments suicidal charges into machine gun fire and trench life dominating Psychological strain and physical harm befell them everyday and many fought bravely in a conflict that was deemed to be defensive by the citizens of the Central Powers The war aims of the Central Powers are also examined They originally started off as small with Austria wishing to teach Serbia a lesson and possibly set up a puppet government or even directly annex the state German war aims were much modest off the bat however Germany originally wanted France to destroy her border fortresses and possibly set up a puppet state in Belgium They also wanted to move Russia as far away from our borders as possible which was ambiguous enough but probably entailed freeing the Baltic states and possibly creating a sovereign state of Russian controlled Congress Poland However as the war expanded their war aims grew Security became the watchword and Germany wanted to dismember both France and Russia to ensure security for all time Watson takes a look at all of these things using an unbiased lens and tone He does not fall for the history of the victors but looks at the Central Powers for what they were European states that had their own aspirations insecurities and social racial and class issues This can be said of all powers at the time including Entente Russia who collapsed in 1917 due to class strife France with its multi ethnic colonial Empires and class issues and Britain ditto with France Watson s take on this is refreshing The book itself is an interesting social history of the Central Powers during WWI It is a side of the conflict that is rarely scene and the deep examination of German and especially Austro Hungarian society is fascinating as it is rare in modern history books A small criticism would be the lack of economic information on the Empires at this time Although Watson examines the crop yields of Germany and Austria Hungary and comments briefly on the inflation experienced during the war he does not go into detail on the economic background of these issues Although some would find that dry it would have tied the whole book together neatly and would have helped to offer a background on some of the monetary issues faced by the Central Powers Alas another book maybeAll in all a great read and a refreshing take on WWI that is often unheard of in Western historical literature Worth a read for WWI buffs and those interested in Germany and Eastern Europe Marriage by Deception yields was devastating for most people War fervour loyalty and national hegemony are examined This period also saw the rise of racially motivated cleansings perpetrated by the central powers and a few of the Entente members as well targeting those deemed disloyal Predictably Jews Polish Ruthenian and Czech subjects of both Empires were targeted with deportation and sometimes martial violence often unfairly Watson notes that Jewish volunteers in both Empires came out in droves at the beginning of the conflict and racial minorities in the Hapsburg domains often came out to try and curry favour for greater autonomy This autonomy was suspect to the ruling German and Hungarian landed gentry and was often met with outright hostility later in the warThe soldiers on the front line and the war are also examined in detail German soldiers faced the same hardships as those they fought with terrifying artillery bombardments suicidal charges into machine gun fire and trench life dominating Psychological strain and physical harm befell them everyday and many fought bravely in a conflict that was deemed to be defensive by the citizens of the Central Powers The war aims of the Central Powers are also examined They originally started off as small with Austria wishing to teach Serbia a lesson and possibly set up a puppet government or even directly annex the state German war aims were much modest off the bat however Germany originally wanted France to destroy her border fortresses and possibly set up a puppet state in Belgium They also wanted to move Russia as far away from our borders as possible which was ambiguous enough but probably entailed freeing the Baltic states and possibly creating a sovereign state of Russian controlled Congress Poland However as the war expanded their war aims grew Security became the watchword and Germany wanted to dismember both France and Russia to ensure security for all time Watson takes a look at all of these things using an unbiased lens and tone He does not fall for the history of the victors but looks at the Central Powers for what they were European states that had their own aspirations insecurities and social racial and class issues This can be said of all powers at the time including Entente Russia who collapsed in 1917 due to class strife France with its multi ethnic colonial Empires and class issues and Britain ditto with France Watson s take on this is refreshing The book itself is an interesting social history of the Central Powers during WWI It is a side of the conflict that is rarely scene and the deep examination of German and especially Austro Hungarian society is fascinating as it is rare in modern history books A small criticism would be the lack of economic information on the Empires at this time Although Watson examines the crop A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yields of Germany and Austria Hungary and comments briefly on the inflation experienced during the war he does not go into detail on the economic background of these issues Although some would find that dry it would have tied the whole book together neatly and would have helped to offer a background on some of the monetary issues faced by the Central Powers Alas another book maybeAll in all a great read and a refreshing take on WWI that is often unheard of in Western historical literature Worth a read for WWI buffs and those interested in Germany and Eastern Europe

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An award Steel Germany MOBI #239 winning historian presents a groundbreaking new history of World War I from the perspective of the Central Powers showing how wartime suffering led not only to the fall of an Ring of ePUB #10003 empire but also to a fundamental breakdown of societyFor Germany and Austria Hungary the First World War started with high hopes for a rapid decisive outcome Convinced that right was on their side of Steel Germany Kindle #216 and fearful of the enemies that encircled them they threw themselves resolutely into battle Yet despite the initial halting of a brutal Russian invasion the Central Powers' war plans soon unravelled Germany's attack of Steel Germany and Austria Ki. I thought this would be a slog at 800 pages but found it a surprisingly readable and a thought provoking bookRing 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 viewpointBeing a World War 2 devotee this book really opened my eyes to the GermanAustro 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 support of their populations to but as military losses mounted and Allied blockades caused hunger and hardship on the homefront doubts set in Whilst politics are key to understanding the GermanAustro Hungarian position social and economic effects of the war are covered extensively tooSome nuggets from the book that I hadn t necessarily realisedRussia mobilised before Germany sparking German fears of invasion from the East that unified support across all political divides of the German and most of the Austro Hungarian populaceThe general belief in Germany and Austro Hungary that the war was purely a defensive reaction contrary to the Allies view of GermanyAustro Hungary as the aggressorHow complex the Austro Hungarian Empire was with its collection of separate nationalities and eleven spoken languages creating no ethnic language or national unity as in GermanyThere s many but I d recommend buying the book for thoseWhilst a lot of books are currently being produced from the Allies point of view Alexander Watson has filled a vacant space in our knowledge of the German and Austro Hungarian viewpoint Highly recommended

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's compelling new history retells the war from the perspectives of its instigators and losers the Germans and Austro Hungarians This is the story not just of their leaders in Berlin and Vienna but above all of the people Only through their unprecedented mobilisation could the conflict last so long and be so bitterly fought and only with the waning of their commitment did it end The war shattered their societies destroyed their states and beueathed to east central Europe a poisonous legacy of unredeemed sacrifice suffering race hatred and violence A major re evaluation of the First World War Ring of Steel is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the last century of European histor. 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 outnumberedThis 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 only four pages out of a volume of 566 pages that even mention this battle Of course there are other volumes that focus on the battles and campaigns in great detail eg Collision of Empires The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 and one can refer to them for that aspect of the warThe volume provides considerable information on how warfare affected the people back home Over time with the British blockade of sea lanes which Germany depended upon for food and other key goods there was a slow strangulation of Germany Austria Hungary Some of its bread basket was occupied by Russian forces for a time creating great hardship at home Indeed there is much discussion in this book of the interrelation of military issues and what was occurring in the two home countries There is also considerable discussion of the political conseuences in both Germany and Austria Hungary from the warWe learn a great deal about major figures in Germany from Hindenburg and Ludendorff and the Kaiser and Western generals to key political leaders The same with key players from Austria Hungary One immediate lesson military leaders in the German military were much able than their colleagues from Austria HungaryThis is a terrific book Sometimes reading becomes a bit tedious from the massively detailed discussion of various elements of the conflict But persevering is very much well worth the effort

  • Hardcover
  • 832
  • Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I
  • Alexander Watson
  • English
  • 27 April 2018
  • 9780465018727

About the Author: Alexander Watson

My new Steel Germany MOBI ï book The Fortress The Siege of Przemyśl and the Making of Europe's Bloodlands is out in the UK with Allen Lane and in the US with Basic Books It tells Ring of ePUB ✓ the moving story of the First World War's longest siege a dramatic campaign that opened the horrors which would ravage twentieth century East Central Europe The Times newspaper UK calls the book 'a of Steel Germany Kindle Ø masterpiece' 'Vividly writte.



10 thoughts on “Ring of Steel Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    I thought this would be a slog at 800 pages but found it a surprisingly readable and a thought provoking bookRing 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 viewpointBeing a World War 2 devotee this book really opened my eyes to the GermanAustro Hungarian viewpoint and decision making in World War 1 It really is a fascinating re

  3. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the subject material was a little dry I particularly enjoyed the use of diary entries and letters from homethe front which the author used to illustrate his points with a human touchIt explores the societal effects of the war on the populations of the main Central Powers Germany and Austro Hungary It shows how initial enthusiasm turned to disappointment and dejection as the war dragged

  4. says:

    Inside this giant of a tome is an average sized book crying to be freedI'm fond of saying nobody cares about World War I T

  5. says:

    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 th

  6. says:

    Most books about the First World War are in one thing clear Germany and Austro Hungarians were the bad guys and their opponents were the good ones This is why we often see things from the side of these good people often overlooking what happened on the other side This lack is trying to supplement this book and I think it does in an impressive and historically correct way It does not of course take their place nor the wr

  7. says:

    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 outnumberedThis 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 th

  8. says:

    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 cata

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    History is written by the victors This is why I found the idea of ​​writing about World War I from the point

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