Book review: Ring of Steel

Ring of Steel looks at Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One. The book primarily focuses on the home fronts and domestic politics as opposed to the Eastern and Western Fronts, although these are looked at along with the U-Boat campaign. The book is very detailed, especially with the decision to go to war. It looks at how badly affected the populations of the Central Powers were, especially the reduction in calories. As well as the populations, it examines how Austria-Hungary fragmented along ethnic group lines and its increasing dependence on Germany and how it was very much the junior partner. An excellent book that is even better due to the fact that it examines the war from a perspective that is very rarely looked at.

Rating (out of 5): *****

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