Once-dominant images of the First World War as a futile contest fought by innocent soldiers and wasteful generals have given way to more sophisticated scholarly analyses. This volume presents some of the most innovative work of this new generation of research on the War to End All Wars. Taking a global and comparative perspective, these essays place the War in a wide global and thematic context, greatly enhancing our understanding of one of the most important and complex events of the 20th Century.
Contents: Introduction; Eastern Front: Steering through rapids: Russian mobilization and World War I, Stephen J. Cimbala; The Balkan campaign and French war aims in the Great War, D.J. Dutton; The mobilization of 1914 and the question of the Russian nation: a reexamination, Josh Sanborn; The East gives nothing back: the Great War and the German army in Russia, Dennis Showalter; Rumania and the belligerents 1914-1916, Glenn E. Torrey; Turkey's entry into World War I: an assessment of responsibilities, Ulrich Trumpener. Home Fronts: Sharing scarcity: bread rationing and the First World War in Berlin, 1914-1923, Keith Allen; Military recruiting and the British labour force during the First World War, P.E. Dewey; Improvising the British war effort: Eric Geddes and Lloyd George 1915-18, Keith Grieves; White feathers and wounded men: female patriotism and the memory of the Great War, Nicoletta F. Gullace; The outbreak of war and the urban economy: Paris, Berlin, and London in 1914, Jon Lawrence, Martin Dean and Jean-Louis Robert; The color line behind the lines: Racial violence in France during the Great War, Tyler Stovall. Western Front: To the last limits of their strength: the French army and the logistics of attrition at the Battle of Verdun, 21 February -18 December 1916, Robert Bruce; The meaning of attrition, 1914-1916, David French; German 'Atrocities' and Franco-German opinion, 1914: The evidence of German soldiers' diaries', John Horne and Alan Kramer; Tactical dysfunction in the AEF, 1917-1918, Timothy K. Nenninger; Why the British were really on the Somme: a reply to Elizabeth Greenhalgh, William Philpott; Madelon and the men - in war and memory, Charles Rearick; The battle of the Somme and British strategy, Hew Strachan; The road to Ypres: the beginnings of gas warfare in World War I, Ulrich Trumpener. Other Fronts: France, Africa, and the First World War, C.M. Andrew and A.S. Kanya-Forstner; The North-west frontier in the First World War, Lal Bah