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Title:
Researching World War I : a handbook
Author:
Higham, Robin, 1925-2015.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xix, 472 pages ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313288500
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

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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This book fills a long-standing need for an accessible, up-to-date bibliographic guide to the vast historical literature on WW I. Perhaps its most attractive feature is that its scope is not confined to the Western Front like so many of its predecessors. The volume's geographic breadth (chapters cover Italy, Japan, Canada, Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East) is complemented by thematic chapters focusing on war origins, aerial and naval warfare, and technological innovation. Other welcome features include attention to works in foreign languages and citations of periodical articles. On the other hand, some surprising gaps in coverage remain, and readers will search in vain for any sustained discussion of general surveys of the conflict or of more recent studies of women's history. Nonetheless, this book has a place in all collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. F. Coetzee George Washington University


Table of Contents

Robin HighamDennis ShowalterDaniel MoranGary CoxIan F.W. BeckettBrian R. SullivanJohn R. SchindlerDavid R. JonesDavid L. BullockGlenn E. TorreyBill RawlingDavid J. FitzpatrickJeffrey Grey and Peter Dennis and Ian McGibbonMichelle MoydThomas W. BurkmanEugene L. RasorJohn H. MorrowDaniel R. Beaver
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
1 Originsp. 1
2 Germanyp. 23
3 Francep. 51
4 Great Britainp. 79
5 Italyp. 99
6 Austria-Hungaryp. 129
7 Russiap. 149
8 The Middle Eastp. 185
9 The Balkans: Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greecep. 203
10 Canadap. 227
11 United Statesp. 243
12 Australia and New Zealandp. 265
13 Africap. 279
14 Japanp. 293
15 The War at Seap. 315
16 The War in the Airp. 345
17 Industrial Mobilization and Military Technologyp. 375
Index of Authors' Namesp. 415
Index of Titlesp. 435
Index of Subjectsp. 455
About the Contributorsp. 469

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