Sunday, 21 June 2009

Forgotten Victory

This book, by Gary Sheffield, kept popping up as a source in our text books. I read it half hoping it would show up on the exam. No such luck, but it was an interesting evaluation of the First World War, and included a look at the 'myths' that have sprung up about the conflict, and where they came from. I had expected it to be a little biassed, but at times it was so even-handed as to say almost nothing. The section on the Battle of the Somme was particularly interesting, as it examined the campaign as a whole, rather than just stopping with the disastrous first day. An interesting book, even if it was a little dry. A good introduction to the revisionist perspective on the First World War I guess.

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