1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson

By David Stevenson

In the summertime of 1914 Europe exploded right into a frenzy of mass violence. The battle that had international repercussions, destroying 4 empires and costing hundreds of thousands of lives. Even the successful nations have been scarred for a iteration, and we nonetheless this present day stay in the conflict's shadow. during this significant new research, released a few 90 years after the 1st global struggle all started, David Stevenson re-examines the factors, path and effect of this 'war to finish war', putting it within the context of its period and exposing its underlying dynamics. His publication presents a wide-ranging foreign background, drawing on insights from the most recent study. It bargains compelling solutions to the foremost questions on how this poor fight spread out: questions that stay disturbingly suitable for our personal time.

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Many believe that for the first time in history, the United States has an industry with the ability to handle virtually all military goods and services. Thus, through Circular A-76, for example, goods and services from the private sector and federal government providers are placed in competition with the desired goal being the delivery of quality good and services at the best available cost. According to studies from the General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Center for Naval Analyses, holding such competitions save an average of 30% (OMB 2003).

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