The First World War 1914-1918, by Gerd Hardach

The First World War 1914-1918, by Gerd Hardach

Published by Allen Lane in 1977, 328 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.14cm by 22cm (A3NWSO)

From the front inside fly leaf: 'The First World War unquestionably repre­sents an important climacteric in economic history. However, the significance of that climacteric is variously interpreted. Essen­tially there are four themes, whose order of priority depends on the observer's view­ point: the decay of the 'classical' capitalist world economy based on Great Britain and the gold standard; the progress of in­ dustrialisation overseas brought about by the temporary economic. paralysis of Europe; the long-term effect of structural changes in the economies of the warring industrial countries, more especially the merging of the economy and the apparatus of state; finally, the development of the international labour movement from its nadir in August 1914 to its triumphant culmination of the Russian October Revo­lution. I have endeavoured to the best of my ability to do justice to these various aspects and to place them in a common context which might be described as the "crisis of the capitalist world economy".'

Professor Hardach's pioneering study of the specifically economic aspects of the period 1914-18 will prove enlightening to political as well as to economic historians, but·at the same time it provides for the general reader an excellent view of the 'back-stage' factors that get little mention in the rest of the literature on the Great War.

The condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Price clipped.