Researching World War I: A Handbook

A Handbook

by Robin Higham, Dennis Showalter

Series: Non-Series

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.


  • ABC-CLIO; December 2003
  • ISBN: 9780313017209
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  • Title: Researching World War I: A Handbook
  • Series: Non-Series
  • Author: Robin Higham (ed.); Dennis Showalter (ed.)
  • Imprint: Greenwood

About The Author

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.