The First World War.
Transcription of Annotations
Notes on front and back endpapers include a list of government and military leaders at the beginning of WWI, statistical information on the size of the populations of Britain, France, Germany and Russia in 1910, their number of troops in 1911 and then in 1914, and a brief account of the events that lead to the outbreak of the war. Other notes refer to several WWI battles, e.g. the Battle of Tannenberg, the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme, the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles and its perception in Germany, the role United States played in the war, the German bombing raids against England in 1917, the British Blockade against Germany, and the British involvement in the Middle East and its promise of a homeland for Jews. -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. -- Examples: p. 33: "The Austrians were fighting for the preservation of their historic multinational empire against disintegration provoked by their old adversary Russia. The Russians were fighting for the protection of their Slav kith and kin, for the defense of their national honor, and to fulfill their obligations to their ally France. The French were fighting in self-defense against totally unprovoked aggression by their traditional enemy. The British were fighting to uphold the law of nations and to pre-empt the greatest threat they had faced from the Continent since the days of Napoleon. The Germans were fighting on behalf of their one remaining ally, and to repel a Slavic threat from the east..."