Researching World War I: A Handbook

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Robin D. S. Higham, Dennis E. Showalter
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - History - 472 pages

World War I was the greatest cataclysm Europe had ever known, directly involving 61 million troops from 16 nations. Yet the history of the war and the reasons it started and spread so rapidly were vastly more complex than the players realized. Written by highly respected authorities, this book discusses the literature on all aspects of the war, making it an excellent starting point for anyone seeking guidance to the immense, and often daunting, body of World War I literature.

The struggle mobilized manpower from home, troops from the colonies abroad, and--in most countries-women as well as men. Governments increasingly intervened in everyday life. New weapons and organizational structures were developed. Yet the history of the war and the reasons it started and spread so rapidly were vastly more complex than the players realized. Written by highly respected authorities, this book discusses the literature on all aspects of the war.

Dennis Showalter's opening chapter covers the controversial issue of the war's origins--a complex subject that has been much debated by historians. Ensuing chapters consider the literature on each of the participating countries. The broader subjects of the war at sea and the war in the air are also covered. Daniel Beaver's final chapter discusses the mobilization of industry and the new military technology. This book is an excellent starting point for anyone seeking guidance to the immense, and often daunting, body of World War I literature.

 

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Contents

Origins
1
Germany
23
France
51
Great Britain
79
Italy
99
AustriaHungary
129
Russia
149
The Middle East
185
Australia and New Zealand
265
Africa
279
Japan
293
The War at Sea
315
The War in the Air
345
Industrial Mobilization and Military Technology
375
Index of Authors Names
415
Index of Titles
435

The Balkans Serbia Bulgaria Romania and Greece
203
Canada
227
United States
243
Index of Subjects
455
About the Contributors
469
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ROBIN HIGHAM is Professor Emeritus of Military History at Kansas State University and editor of the Journal of the West. The author of many articles, monographs, and bibliographical volumes, he has also been editor of the journals Military Affairs and Aerospace Historian.

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