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Title:
Who's who in World War One
Author:
Bourne, J. M.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Physical Description:
xvi, 316 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415141796
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Book

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Featuring over 1,000 alphabetically arranged, biographical entries, Who's Who in World War One builds up a complete and vivid picture of the major figures of the Great War. The subjects are drawn not only from the political and military spheres of all thirty-two nations involved, but also from the social and cultural life of the period.
This book's breadth of coverage makes it the definitive biographical guide to the First World War;
* from the British air ace, Albert Ball, to the German foreign secretary, Richard von Kuhlmann
* from David Lloyd George to Rasputin
* from the British war poet Siegfried Sassoon to the Serbian assassin Trifko Grabez and the Emperor Wilhelm II.
Each entry provides biographical data and basic factual information about its subject's role in the Great War, and in the case of major figures there is also an assessment of their reputation in the light of current scholarship.
Maps, cross-referencing, a list of military ranks, a guide to further reading and a thorough introduction complete what is at once a comprehensive work of reference and a fascinating overview of a crucial period in twentieth century history.


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Bourne (modern history, Univ. of Birmingham) is coeditor of The Great War 1914-1945: v.1: Lightning Strikes Twice (CH, Oct'01) and is completing a book on the evolution of the British officer corps in WW I. This book, latest in "The Routledge Who's Who" series, is designed for ready reference. Although the entries are not as detailed as those in Holger Herwig and Neil Heyman's Biographical Dictionary of World War I (CH, Feb'83), there are approximately twice as many. Bourne views the war as a world event and includes a significant number of non-Europeans and Americans, ranging from Abdullah ibn Hussein, leader of the Arab Revolt, to Japanese general Mitsuomi Kamio. The annotated bibliography in this relatively brief work does not compensate for the lack of bibliographic citations for each entry. Nor is there an index, but the cross-references are adequate. Recommended as a useful addition to the reference collections of public and academic libraries. D. Liestman Florida Gulf Coast University