Here at the University of Buckingham Press (UBP), our mission is to publish meaningful research and written content and make it as available to as wide a global audience as possible.
In addition to a growing number of academic journals, which cover diverse subjects including medicine, law, economics, architecture, and education, we are always looking to explore interesting and relevant topics written by thought-leaders in their given subjects.
As such, we have commissioned a military history series by Jean-Michel Steg and the first of his three books is out next month!
Death in the Ardennes
22nd August 1914: France’s Deadliest Day
27,000 French people were killed on 22nd August 1914, the bloodiest day in French history.
This is four times more than at Waterloo, and as many in total as during the eight years of the Algerian War. Even more than the Battle of the Marne, Verdun or the Chemin des Dames. How did these men perish? In what circumstances? Does this deadly cataclysm at the very beginning of the conflict reflect the consequences of poor individual and collective choices, tactical, strategic or organizational mistakes, or quite simply bad luck?
A record number of deaths in a single day unprecedented in French history cannot be a mere statistical oddity. It is the ambition of this book to provide some explanations, as well as ideas for how military strategists of the twenty-first century can avoid the combat lethality of the previous century.
This horrendous event is brought to life by a true expert in his field as Jean-Michel Steg uncovers the real answers as to why this atrocity happened and how it could have been avoided.
About the Author: Jean-Michel Steg
Jean-Michel Steg works as a Senior Adviser to financial firm Greenhill & Co. He holds a PhD in History from EHESS in Paris, a Master's degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris. He has been nominated in France to the Ordre National du Mérite.