This text offers a revisionist view of World War I. The author contends that the popular view that World War I was tragic and unnecessary, is wrong. Based on 20 years of research, this book aims to challenge the assumptions underpinning the traditional belief that World War I was a futile conflict.
Dr Gary Sheffield is Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, and Senior Lecturer at King's College London (War Studies Group). From 1985 to 1999 he taught in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.