The Great War of 1914–1918
was the first mass conflict to fully mobilize the resources of industrial
powers against one another, resulting in a brutal, bloody, protracted war of
attrition between the world’s great economies. Now, one hundred years after the
first guns of August rang out on the Western front, historian William Philpott
reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war.
Drawing on the experience of front line soldiers, munitions
workers, politicians, and diplomats, War
of Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of
conflict was fought as it was fought; and how
the attitudes and actions of political and military leaders, and the willing
responses of their peoples, stamped the twentieth century with unprecedented
carnage on—and behind—the battlefield.
War of Attrition also
establishes link between the bloody ground war
in Europe and political situation in the wider world, particularly the United
States. America did not enter the war until 1917, but, as Philpott
demonstrates, the war came to America as early as 1914. By 1916, long before
the Woodrow Wilson’s impassioned speech to Congress advocating for war, the
United States was firmly aligned with the Allies, lending dollars and selling
guns and opposing German attempts to spread submarine warfare. War of Attrition skillfully argues that the emergence of the United States on the
world stage is directly related to her support for the conflagration that
consumed so many European lives and livelihoods. In short, the war that ruined
Europe enabled the rise of America. Download and start listening now!