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 also interprets the connection between the war and the chaos that followed, arguing that although fighting had almost ceased by the end of 1916, Russia was still in turmoil - undergoing a period of change that would inexorably lead towards revolution.
"A classic account...that even after 30 years remains essential reading." (Sunday Times)
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Classic study of neglected WWI front
I think the audio edition compliments the book - read book first and then listen. You may have fade moments if you listen first.
This book is not exactly written with fireworks at the end of chapters, so I think a memorable moment was during the analysis of Russian industrial expansion over the course of the war and the contrast with concurrent increasing stagnation in Russian military effectiveness. This idea is at odds with many standard accounts. But as you will hear, the data does not lie.
Prof. Stone's choice words for the Russian command after the defeat at Lake Naroch. He did not mince words.
This book is considered a classic account of Eastern Front of WWI. Prof. Stone definitely burned the midnight oil in many a Russian archive researching this book. I neither laughed nor cried, but I murmured hmmmm.... and that's interesting......... at least 48 times.
If you say or think you are a student of military history and you do not have this book in your library you really should check yourself, look into the mirror, slink out of your hole like the fraud you are, crawl on your knees in penance for your sins to your local bookstore (good luck finding this book at the chain stores) and purchase / read it. After that, get the audio version and reread it with audio. Think of it as an odyssey of purification and self realization.
A military history