Ring of Steel

Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I

by Alexander Watson

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  • 9780465018727
  • 9780465056873
A prize-winning, magisterial history of World War I from the perspective of the defeated Central Powers

For the Central Powers, the First World War started with high hopes for an easy victory. But those hopes soon deteriorated as Germany's attack on France failed, Austria-Hungary's armies suffered catastrophic losses, and Britain's ruthless blockade brought both nations to the brink of starvation. The Central powers were trapped in the Allies' ever-tightening Ring of Steel.

In this compelling history, Alexander Watson retells the war from the perspective of its losers: not just the leaders in Berlin and Vienna, but the people of Central Europe. The war shattered their societies, destroyed their states, and imparted a poisonous legacy of bitterness and violence. A major reevaluation of the First World War, Ring of Steel is essential for anyone seeking to understand the last century of European history.

  • Basic Books; October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780465056873
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Ring of Steel
  • Author: Alexander Watson
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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In The Press

Winner of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize

The Society of Military History 2015 Distinguished Book Award Recipient

British Army Military Book of the Year


About The Author

Alexander Watson is professor of history at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a college Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and, from 2011-13, a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the University of Warsaw. His first book, Enduring the Great War, won the Fraenkel Prize. Alexander Watson lives in London.

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ISBNs
  • 9780465018727
  • 9780465056873