By David R. Stone
Of the 4 empires at warfare via the top of 1914—the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, German, and Russian—none survived. yet particular political, social, and fiscal weaknesses formed the best way Russia collapsed and lower back as a noticeably new Soviet regime. it truly is this context that Stone's paintings presents, that provides readers a extra really apt view of Russia's struggle at the domestic entrance in addition to at the entrance strains. One key and fateful distinction within the Russian adventure emerges right here: its failure to systematically and comprehensively reorganize its society for battle, whereas the 3 westernmost powers launched into courses of overall mobilization.
Context is usually very important to figuring out the actual rhythm of the conflict within the east. Drawing on fresh and newly to be had scholarship in Russian and in English, Stone deals a nuanced account of Russia's army operations, targeting the uninterrupted series of campaigns within the first 18 months of battle. The jap empires' race to break down underlines the severe value of contingency within the entire tale of global warfare I. accurately whilst and the way Russia misplaced the warfare used to be encouraged by means of the structural strengths and weaknesses of its social and financial system, but in addition by way of the result of occasions at the battlefield. through bringing those occasions into concentration, and placing them into context, this e-book corrects and enriches our photo of global battle I, and of the genuine strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and successes of the Russian military within the nice War.