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Guns Of August Essay, Research Paper

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman’s “Guns of August” is about World War 1. Her book has a

unique way of telling this story. Her books gives explanations for each country’s

involvement in the war. It describes the opinions of the Czar and reasons for all of his

crucial decisions during this time. It also explains how Germany was in a tight spot and

prepared for war a few years before it actually began.

England was not to worried about the war in Europe because it had it’s own

problems. The English people didn’t think it was necessary for them to enter the war.

However England got involved to try to protect the weak country of Belgium being

attacked by Germany.

Germany was in a very difficult position because much of Europe was at odds with

it. Germany was prone to attack for two reasons, according to Barbara Tuchman. One

reason is that it is geographically in the center of Europe and between its enemies.

Another is that it held on to territories that once belonged to France. This put France and

Germany at odds.

She also explains that Russia was militaristically weak. However, there was a type

of myth that Russia was invincible (according to the author). France slightly believed this

myth. They formed an alliance with Russia because in part of this myth and also because it

was better for two to face off with Germany than France alone.

I like this book very much because it goes into great detail. She explains vividly the

events occurring that were crucial in deciding the outcome of the war. She also writes in

story form just like her other books, and it’s always easier to read a story that study a text

book. My favorite thing about this book was that makes the war seem like a story I’ve

never read, even though most people know the major events of the war. Her style of

writing keeps you guessing what’s next.

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