Researching World War I: A Handbook

Researching World War I: A Handbook

Researching World War I: A Handbook

Researching World War I: A Handbook


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.


Researching World War I: A Handbook is designed to enable the neophyte, the graduate student, or the professional needing guidance in a tangential field to get his or her bearings in the literature of the 1914-1918 War, or the Great War, as it was called until 1939.

The book follows the pattern set in Loyd Lee's two-volume guide to the Second World War. Because the subject matter is geographically broad and technologically progressive, the Handbook deals first with the major European powers, then with the minor powers, the Middle East, the United States, Japan, Africa, and the British Empire. The final chapters cover the war at sea and in the air, and the industrial and technical infrastructure.

Readers and researchers need to be aware that they must peruse the chapters on the Allies and the Central Powers while at the same time bearing in mind that most countries fought on a number of fronts in a complex struggle. Thus, for instance, Austria-Hungary fought against Italy, Serbia, Romania, and Russia. References to Serbia and Romania will be found in the Balkan chapter. Italy had to be reinforced by France and Britain in 1917, and Russia fought Germany and Austria-Hungary, as well as Turkey. Britain and Germany battled not only on the Western Front in France, but also at sea and in the air. And all these opponents had their own industrial struggles in the mobilization for total war.

While the 1914-1918 War is thought of as a European conflict, the Middle East was a significant theater with action at Gallipoli (the Dardanelles) in Turkey in 1915, an Allied expedition to Salonika in 1916-1918, and campaigns from Egypt into the Ottoman Empire in Palestine and Arabia as well as from India up the Mesopotamian river valleys. In all these activities, British and

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