The Eastern Front 1914-1917

The Eastern Front Norman Stone s important book is the first authoritative account of the Russian Front to be published in the West Churchill called the Eastern Front the unknown war and there is still no Soviet offici

  • Title: The Eastern Front 1914-1917
  • Author: Norman Stone
  • ISBN: 9780140267259
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Norman Stone s important book is the first authoritative account of the Russian Front to be published in the West Churchill called the Eastern Front the unknown war and there is still no Soviet official history of the army s role during the First World War.It was in the East, with Russia in turmoil, that many decisive engagements took place Norman stone believes that Norman Stone s important book is the first authoritative account of the Russian Front to be published in the West Churchill called the Eastern Front the unknown war and there is still no Soviet official history of the army s role during the First World War.It was in the East, with Russia in turmoil, that many decisive engagements took place Norman stone believes that the outcome of the battles was dictated by factors that do not always figure in works of military history Using a wide range of sources from European and American research centers, he describes the battles of the Eastern Front Tannenberg, Austria Hungary s entry into the war, the Russian retreat in the summer of 1915, the role of Lundendorff, the Brusilov offensive all are carefully examined and substantially reinterpreted.Traditional accounts of the Russian war effort describe an army crippled by shortages of shells and war materials Norman Stone s analysis shows that German economic superiority has been greatly overestimated The Russians suffered from a shortage of organizational and administrative ability Their economy suffered a crisis not of decline but of growth as a result capitalism, as Western Europe knew it, was killed off in Russia in 1915 16, not in 1917 18 In his final chapter, the author reviews the connection between war and revolution in Tsarist Russia, and suggests new approaches to our understanding of this complex problem.Norman Stone never loses sight of his greater themes and places the conflict in a larger context He explains the mechanics of revolutionary development and the downfall of the Tsar and thereby throws new light on our interpretation of the war in the West The book is carefully documented and there are maps of the campaign As the author writes the book travelled a long way from the battlefields where it began it may even have become three different books But total war needs total history, as far as can be managed.

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      Norman Stone is a British historian, who is currently a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara He is a former Professor at the University of Oxford, Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    239 thoughts on “The Eastern Front 1914-1917

    • An interesting book, and worth reading for the simple reason that there is still not much material out there on the war in the East. But one needs to take with a pinch of salt the blurb claims on the cover to the effect that it’s “the classic account”. It’s the only account, that’s the point.As a technical assembly of facts, it has a lot to offer. But on the level of producing a landmark piece of writing, I think Norman Stone falls down. His style tends to be a hurried, can’t-see-the [...]


    • A fine, well-researched history, although to call it a history of the Eastern Front might be misleading. Stone’s work is more focused on how Tsarist Russia waged its war, and some major operations of this theater receive only passing mention. Little attention is given to the Balkans, although I can see why Stone chose not to include it. The coverage of strategic issues is strong. Stone’s main argument is that Russia was relatively well-prepared for war, more so than many histories claim. He [...]


    • Norman Stone's account of the Eastern Front during World War One remains the standard work on the subject forty years after it's publication. In some ways, the book is showing its age. This is mostly an account of command level strategy and conflict, with less of the soldier's-eye-view material which has become standard in war histories. It also has the difficulty of tackling a vast, though under-discussed, topic in one book. I found myself wishing that each battle was covered in more detail -- [...]


    • Forty-two years after it was written, this is still, probably, the best single volume book on this subject. In his introduction, Stone launches a bitter attack on Edward Hallett Carr. Carr, the famous, sympathetic, historian of Soviet Russia, argued that all in pre-Revolutionary, Tsarist Russia was bad, particularly its economy. This economic weakness was a key reason for the inability of the Tsarist state to prosecute the First World War effectively and this, in turn, led to the Revolutions of [...]



    • The Eastern Front of the Great War is still, lamentably, the forgotten, unloved step child of military historiography. Even with the, thankfully growing, pile of books on the East Front of WWII, there is precious little on that of WWI. Having already started Pritt Buttar's superb quadrilogy on the Eastern Front of WWI, and seeing a luminary such as he recommend this title, I gave it a shot.Stone's work on the Eastern Front of WWI is a fairly short book, considering the immensity of the topic. At [...]



    • A powerful, very useful history of WWI's underappreciated eastern front. Stone takes the story from Tannenberg up to the Bolshevik revolution, focusing on military affairs. He addresses campaigns and battles, while also spending time on supply, support, and reinforcement needs, which adds a hefty amount of logistical, administrative, and political context.One of Stone's major arguments is that the Russian empire's warmaking capacity actually wasn't all that backward. Its material underpinnings w [...]


    • There is some merit in the book, but its incomplete. For example, this book has an almost exclusively Russian bias and only covers 'the land war'. After reading it, you'll likely have to read additional books to fill-in areas either uncovered, or scantily covered.The book starts out with a very good analysis of the Russian military and its supporting civilian government arms after the Russian-Japanese War (1904-05). Oddly, this level of analysis wasn't extended to the other combatants. The Austr [...]


    • I read this book for graduate school some years ago, and, judging by where I found the bookmark, really only read a small portion of it before going into the classroom to discuss it. I think I was burning out on military history at the time. It's a good book, so far as that goes, but my review should be read with the understanding that my survey of it was incomplete.Originally written in 1975, the purpose of Norman Stone's book was to attempt to break the discussion of World War I out of the tre [...]


    • Norman Stone’s book is one of the few books that look with any detail at the events that took place in the east during World War One. Winston Churchill wrote the first book that addresses the eastern front during WWI but he covered the British viewpoint. Stone’s book was written in 1975 and it suffers from lack of access to the Russian archives other than that it was well research. The book is significant because the events helped shape one of the great events of modern history, the Russian [...]


    • This is an excellent book seriously marred by the author's writing style. Perhaps it's my tastes, but the author habitually writes run-on sentences with excessive punctuation. Four or more commas in a sentence are not rare. Coupled with the rather crowded typeset of the Penguin trade paperback edition this makes the text more difficult to read than need be.Consider as an example:"Similarly, the ostensibly wartime problem of Russian agriculture was merely a version - and not even in a very altere [...]


    • * * * - I liked the book, but it was a bit dry (even for an intrepid WWI-buff like me). Norman Stone has written a heavyweight book covering mainly the technical aspects of the Eastern Front during World War I. There are only occasional attempts at jokes or lightening up the atmosphere, which anyways are quite dry. In any case, books about World War I are generally not books to be pick up if you want a light read. Knowing books about World War I are on the heavy side by default, what makes this [...]


    • An excellent introduction for the layman.Addressing an oft-neglected period of of the Great War, Norman Stone provides us with a concise narrative of some of the war's most brutal campaigns. With an impressive array of facts and figures, he debunks the myth of Tsarist Russia being unable to wage total war, debunks the myth of Ludendorff as a military genius, and highlights how the February revolution of 1917 in Russia, was not brought about by mass conscription or severe food shortage, but rathe [...]


    • Quite a good read. As promised, the text covers the Eastern Front of the First World War. The author provides a brisk, but engaging account of the German, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian efforts over the course of the war.Russia gets the most attention, something the author readily admits in his introduction. Germany comes second with the Dual Monarchy a distant third. Personally, I found this a bit disappointing as I regard Austria-Hungary as the most fascinating combatant of the war and had hope [...]


    • I came across this work in the bibliography of Holger Herwig's The First World War. I read the first US edition, from 1975, and so some of Stone's information is no doubt now out of date as a result of new findings in the Russian archives.My main complaint about the work is the lack of comprehensive maps, which if I were reading the book without aid of the Internet or an atlas would make it difficult to figure out where particular actions took place.Stone argues that Russia was actually more pre [...]


    • If you enjoy a good military history, this is the book for you. Norman Stone takes a look at World War I through a focus on the Russian experience. He discredits several of the myths that grew up around Russia's poor showing in the war, including a belief in a lack of the industrial capacity to produce shells and other war materials and an understanding of the Russian economy as backwards. Instead, Stone finds fault with Russia's cumbersome political and social structure and points to an economy [...]


    • There's something quite tragic about this book - the Russians suffer so much in its pages. That suffering is set against the readers knowledge that far worse suffering is to come. Having read a great deal on the Eastern Front during the Second War what strikes me is how less savage the Great War was by comparison. On the face of it is a well written piece of popular history, quite breezily written considering the subject matter and offering the reader an engaging, broad strokes picture of the pe [...]


    • Norman Stone provides an all encompassing look into the Eastern Front of World War I by basing his study around military history and incorporating a little economics and politics. Stone's work sheds light on relations within the Russian armies and the rivalries between the commanders. Similar tensions are shown to have existed between German general von Falkenhayn and Austrian Conrad. These glimpses into commanding behaviors are among the strengths of the study. The dry coverage of various armie [...]


    • Narrated by: John TelferLength: 15 hrs and 6 minsUnabridged AudiobookDescription: A groundbreaking historical study, Norman Stone's The Eastern Front 1914-1917 was the very first authoritative account of the Russian Front in the First World War to be published in the West.In this now-classic history he dispels the myths surrounding a still relatively little-known aspect of the war, showing how inefficiency rather than economic shortage led to Russia's desperate privations and eventual retreat.He [...]


    • This book is mainly about the eastern front as seeen from the Russian point of view. I really liked Stone´s description of the stategies involved and the failure of all sides to get over the dream of breakthrough. Although breakthrough was attained sometimes it never led to any strategic victory.The (war) economics in the book are something of a sideshow and sometimes self contradictory. Admittedly Stone does state in his 1997 foreword that he lacked proper sources at the time of writing (early [...]


    • I gave this book 4 starts only because of it's thorough coverage of the eastern front. Note that:The book is not well written in the sense that it flows easily. History and non-fiction don't have to be a bunch of hard-to-pronounce names and places and dates. We've seen that with countless well-written books that chronicle the western front. You will learn a significant story of the eastern front, but be prepared for choppy reading, continual one-time references to generals that are not necessary [...]


    • Eastern Front"" offers an examination of Russia's role in the First World War, and is a comprehensive (if somewhat dry at times) history of this neglected subject. Stone does an admirable job of revealing that Russia's fall in 1917 had less to do with being backward or unprepared for war, but more surprisingly was brought down by too much industrial growth and not enough organization in the government and military. An excellent overview of events that would have great consequences for the 20th c [...]


    • Although a lot has been written about the Western Front, very little is available on the brutal and bloody war theatre of the Eastern Front.Stone's book is an excellent account of the wasteful incompetence by which the war was fought on the Eastern Front. Despite a chronic shortage of munitions millions of courageous soldier's lost their lives because of the arrogance and incompetence of the officers and the generals who gave the orders.It is well informative and easy to read and once again I fo [...]


    • An eye opener in many regards. The popular view of WWI is that Germany had a lot of trouble in the West, but steamrolled its opponents in the East with superior flanking. Though admittedly, the progress was much better in the east than in the west, this book drills down into the how and why and that there is no such thing as WWII-like mobility in WWI. Concentrate, pound, pound, pound, breach; that is the rhythm. A must read for WWI afficionados.


    • A very important and essential piece on a neglected part of the Great war. Be advised, this is not a book on the Bolshevik Revolution. It includes all the belligerents' situation in different parts/ops of the war in the Eastern front, with all the information that could be collected from the resources available at the time (the book was first published in 1975). A good introduction for all politics/tactics/strategy enthusiasts.


    • A scholarly, exhaustive review of the often forgotten campaigns and battles on the WW1 Eastern Front. The author takes many of the myths and reevaluates them. Well documented but probably showing signs of aging since it was written in 1975 without access to sources under Soviet control.Still recommendable for the student desiring and overview of the military operations and the socioeconomic realities of WW1 Russia and their perceived/real impact on the conduct of the war.


    • A very interesting read. Stone admits that this book is lacking perspective from the ordinary soldiers, which sometimes clouds the picture of what the front really looked like. His descriptions of the campaigns are a bit dry, though he does effectively describe what went right as well as wrong.By far the best parts of the book are the sections on economics and production, as they illuminate the shortcomings the Russians experienced.


    • Good scholarly work on the World War 1 Eastern front. Coverage is focused on the Russian aspects of the war, with decent discussion of Austria-Hungary. More discussion of the German perspective would have been nice, but given how long ago it was written, some of those sources may not have been available.


    • Full coverage of the little known Eastern front during World War 1. Common understanding is of complete Russian imcompetence and Entente superiority. Stone's book shows that whilst some of that maybe true it is only part of the story. Covers Russian offensives and Brusilov's campaigns, Austrian incompetence and dependence on the Germans. Very good book.


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