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Routledge Studies in First World War History


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The First World War is a subject of perennial interest to historians and is often regarded as a watershed event, marking the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 'modern' industrial world. The sheer scale of the conflict and massive loss of life means that it is constantly being assessed and reassessed to examine its lasting military, political, sociological, industrial, cultural and economic impact. Reflecting the latest international scholarly research, the Routledge Studies in First World War History series provides a unique platform for the publication of monographs on all aspects of the Great War. Whilst the main thrust of the series is on the military aspects of the conflict, other related areas (including cultural, visual, literary, political and social) are also addressed. Books published are aimed primarily at a post-graduate academic audience, furthering exciting recent interpretations of the war, whilst still being accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience of educated lay readers.

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The Gallipoli Campaign The Turkish Perspective

The Gallipoli Campaign: The Turkish Perspective

1st Edition

By Metin Gürcan, Robert Johnson
October 26, 2017

The war against the Ottomans, on Gallipoli, in Palestine and in Mesopotamia was a major enterprise for the Allies with important long-term geo-political consequences. The absence of a Turkish perspective, written in English, represents a huge gap in the historiography of the First World War. This ...

Arming the Western Front War, Business and the State in Britain 1900–1920

Arming the Western Front: War, Business and the State in Britain 1900–1920

1st Edition

By Roger Lloyd-Jones, M.J. Lewis
October 13, 2017

The First World War was above all a war of logistics. Whilst the conflict will forever be remembered for the mud and slaughter of the Western Front, it was a war won on the factory floor as much as the battlefield. Examining the war from an industrial perspective, Arming the Western Front examines ...

German Literature and the First World War: The Anti-War Tradition Collected Essays by Brian Murdoch

German Literature and the First World War: The Anti-War Tradition: Collected Essays by Brian Murdoch

1st Edition

By Brian Murdoch
June 16, 2017

The period immediately following the end of the First World War witnessed an outpouring of artistic and literary creativity, as those that had lived through the war years sought to communicate their experiences and opinions. In Germany this manifested itself broadly into two camps, one condemning ...

The Men Who Planned the War A Study of the Staff of the British Army on the Western Front, 1914-1918

The Men Who Planned the War: A Study of the Staff of the British Army on the Western Front, 1914-1918

1st Edition

By Paul Harris
June 16, 2017

During the Allied victory celebrations there were few who chose to raise a glass to the staff. The high cost of casualties endured by the British army tarnished the reputation of the military planners, which has yet to recover. This book examines the work and development of the staff of the British...

The Royal Flying Corps, the Western Front and the Control of the Air, 1914–1918

The Royal Flying Corps, the Western Front and the Control of the Air, 1914–1918

1st Edition

By James Pugh
May 17, 2017

By the middle of 1918 the British Army had successfully mastered the concept of ’all arms’ warfare on the Western Front. This doctrine, integrating infantry, artillery, armoured vehicles and - crucially - air power, was to prove highly effective and formed the basis of major military operations for...

'A Student in Arms' Donald Hankey and Edwardian Society at War

'A Student in Arms': Donald Hankey and Edwardian Society at War

1st Edition

By Ross Davies
February 27, 2017

Donald Hankey was a writer who saw himself as a ’student of human nature’ and peacetime Edwardian Britain as a society at war with itself. Wounded in a murderous daylight infantry charge near Ypres, Hankey began sending despatches to The Spectator from hospital in 1915. Trench life, wrote Hankey,...

British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War 'The Infantry cannot do with a gun less'

British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War: 'The Infantry cannot do with a gun less'

1st Edition

By Sanders Marble
September 06, 2016

In the popular imagination, the battle fields of the Western Front were dominated by the machine gun. Yet soldiers at the time were clear that artillery - not machine guns - dictated the nature, tactics and strategy of the conflict. Only in the last months of the war when the Allies had amassed ...

Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880–1918

Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880–1918

1st Edition

By Stephen Badsey
November 28, 2016

A prevalent view among historians is that both horsed cavalry and the cavalry charge became obviously obsolete in the second half of the nineteenth century in the face of increased infantry and artillery firepower, and that officers of the cavalry clung to both for reasons of prestige and stupidity...

The Clergy in Khaki New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War

The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War

1st Edition

By Edward Madigan, Michael Snape
November 17, 2016

British army chaplains have not fared well in the mythology of the First World War. Like its commanders they have often been characterized as embodiments of ineptitude and hypocrisy. Yet, just as historians have reassessed the motives and performance of British generals, this collection offers ...

Britain, Russia and the Road to the First World War The Fateful Embassy of Count Aleksandr Benckendorff (1903–16)

Britain, Russia and the Road to the First World War: The Fateful Embassy of Count Aleksandr Benckendorff (1903–16)

1st Edition

By Marina Soroka
November 15, 2016

For much of the later nineteenth-century Britain regarded Russia as its main international rival, particularly as regarded the security of its colonial possessions in India. Yet, by 1907 Russia's political revolution, financial collapse and military defeat by Japan, transformed the situation, ...

The Ordeal of Peace Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917–1921

The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917–1921

1st Edition

By Adam R. Seipp
November 15, 2016

Historians know a great deal about how wars begin, but far less about how they end. Whilst much has been written about the forces, passions, and institutions that mobilized societies for war and worked to sustain that mobilization through years of struggle, much less is known about the equally ...

British Generalship during the Great War The Military Career of Sir Henry Horne (1861–1929)

British Generalship during the Great War: The Military Career of Sir Henry Horne (1861–1929)

1st Edition

By Simon Robbins
September 30, 2016

Following the career of one relatively unknown First World War general, Lord Horne, this book adds to the growing literature that challenges long-held assumptions that the First World War was a senseless bloodbath conducted by unimaginative and incompetent generals. Instead it demonstrates that men...

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