Collision of Empires

The War on the Eastern Front in 1914

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Collision of Empires is the first major historical work on the Eastern Front during World War I since the 1970s.

One of the primary triggers of the outbreak of World War I was undoubtedly the myriad alliances and suspicions that existed between the Russian, German, and Austro-Hungarian empires in the early 20th century. Yet much of the actual fighting between these nations has been largely forgotten in the West.

Driven by first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, Collision of Empires seeks to correct this imbalance. The first in a four-book series on the Eastern Front in World War I, Prit Buttar's dynamic retelling examines the tumultuous events of the first year of the war and reveals the chaos and destruction that reigned when three powerful empires collided.

A war that was initially seen by all three powers as a welcome opportunity to address both internal and external issues would ultimately bring about the downfall of them all.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Author's Note
Dramatis Personae

1. The German War Machine
2. The Russian Steamroller
3. Austria-Hungary: the Other Sick Man of Europe
4. Over the Brink
5. The First Battles: Stallupönen and Gumbinnen
6. Crisis of Command
7. Tannenberg
8. The Illusion of Victory: Galicia, August 1914
9. The Battle for the Masurian Lakes
10. The Reality of Defeat: Galicia, September 1914
11. A Bloody Sideshow: The Serbian Front
12. Mud and Blood: Autumn in Poland
13. Lódz
14. The First Christmas
15. Disappointments and Illusions

Appendix: Place Names

Product details

Published Jun 20 2014
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 488
ISBN 9781782009726
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 32 b/w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Prit Buttar

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London…


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