The Eastern Front 1914-1917

  • by Norman Stone
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"A classic account...that even after 30 years remains essential reading." (Sunday Times)

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Classic study of neglected WWI front

Would you consider the audio edition of TheEastern Front 1914-1917 to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition compliments the book - read book first and then listen. You may have fade moments if you listen first.


What was one of the most memorable moments of TheEastern Front 1914-1917?

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.


Which scene was your favorite?

Prof. Stone's choice words for the Russian command after the defeat at Lake Naroch. He did not mince words.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- shalte

A military history

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 Revolution. Stone’s history is a military one, at times his detailed reconstruction of events including movement of regiments; number of guns, men and so is most tiresome. One of Stone’s themes is that the shape of the war, on a macro and micro scale was determined by wider change taking place in Russia. The Austro-Hungarian government was in chaos and their army was dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century. Germany had planned to concentrate its forces on the western front and have Austro-Hungarian military covered a good portion of the eastern front. The book covers in detail what happen with this approach. The author’s description of the strategies involved and the failings of all sides that let to war is well research. His discussion of war economics was most interesting. John Telfer did a good job narrating the book. This book does provide the big picture of WWI as many people forget about the battle of the eastern front. This book would be of most interest to those interested in military history. Next year 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One.
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios