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"A Companion to World War I brings together a team of distinguished historians from 10 countries who contribute 38 substantial and thought-provoking chapters. The volume opens with section on the state of the world before 1914s, as it prepared for war without anticipating its true nature, and concludes with an examination of the conflict's military, diplomatic, and cultural legacies. In addition to covering the military history of the war and the individual states involved, contributors explore major themes such as war crimes, occupations, film, and gender." Reflecting the latest historical research, this Companion enriches our understanding of the origins, nature, and impact of what remains one of the most devastating events in modern history.

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Selected as CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 - 3.01.12

"This is why books such as A companion to World War I are so valuable." (Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 16 November 2011)

'The recipe for this volume's success is simple:  take 30 or so of today's leading specialists, provide them with five broad categories in which to articulate their understanding of this conflict, insist that bibliography be a priority, and oversee the project with a scholar who is himself a respected, widely published authority.  The book's 38 essays are grouped to treat five aspects of the struggle:  origins, conduct, culture, a survey of the major individual states involved, and a finale that treats the peace conference and the war's aftermath....[A] superb one-stop portal into the period.'  Choice  

'Horne is to be congratulated for editing such a disparate group of essays into a cohesive whole'.  Reviews in History 

'This substantial and comprehensive work is an important contribution to the literature of a conflict central to the history of the modern world.' Reference Reviews 

'In its scope, its detail and the quality of scholarship and writing, this book certainly fulfils the aims of the Blackwell Companions in presenting up-to-date research in a way that is accessible for both those studying the subject and those with a general interest . It will provide both with a useful resource, but is perhaps most effective as a resource used by students on courses dealing with the war or modern conflicts more broadly, providing potted histories of important aspects of the Great War across the globe. The attention given to fronts other than France and Flanders, and nations other than those that fought there, is both laudable and effective, a useful corrective the Euro-centrism that often affects English-language works on the Great War.' H-Soz-u-Kult

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Meet the Author

John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College, Dublin, and a member of the Research Centre at the Historial de la Grande Guerre, PĂ©ronne, France. He has published widely on the history of the Great War and of twentieth-century France, including Labour at War: France and Britain, 1914-1918 (ed., 1991), State, Society and Mobilization in Europe during the First World War (1997) and (with Alan Kramer), Germany Atrocities, 1914. A History of Denial (2001), which has appeared in French and German.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps

Notes on Contributors

Editor's Acknowledgments

Introduction John Horne Horne, John

Part I Origins 1

1 The War Imagined: 1890-1914 Gerd Krumeich Krumeich, Gerd 3

2 The War Explained: 1914 to the Present John F. V. Keiger Keiger, John F. V. 19

Part II The Military Conflict 33

3 The War Experienced: Command, Strategy, and Tactics, 1914-18 Hew Strachan Strachan, Hew 35

4 War in the West, 1914-16 Holger H. Herwig Herwig, Holger H. 49

5 War in the East and Balkans, 1914-18 Dennis Showalter Showalter, Dennis 66

6 The Italian Front, 1915-18 Giorgio Rochat Rochat, Giorgio 82

7 The Turkish War, 1914-18 Ulrich Trumpener Trumpener, Ulrich 97

8 The War in Africa David Killingray Killingray, David 112

9 War in the West, 1917-18 Trevor Wilson Wilson, Trevor 127

10 The War at Sea Paul G. Halpern Halpern, Paul G. 141

11 The War in the Air John H. Morrow, Jr. Morrow, John H., Jr. 156

Part III Faces Of War 171

12 Combat Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau Audoin-Rouzeau, Stephane 173

13 Combatants and Noncombatants: Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes Alan Kramer Kramer, Alan 188

14 War Aims and Neutrality Jean-Jacques Becker Becker, Jean-Jacques 202

15 Industrial Mobilization and War Economies Theo Balderston Balderston, Theo 217

16 Faith, Ideologies, and the "Cultures of War" Annette Becker Becker, Annette 234

17 Demography Jay Winter Winter, Jay 248

18 Women and Men Susan R. Grayzel Grayzel, Susan R. 263

19 Public Opinion and Politics John Horne Horne, John 279

20 Military Medicine Sophie Delaporte Delaporte, Sophie 295

21 Science and Technology Anne Rasmussen Rasmussen, Anne 307

22 Intellectuals and Writers Christophe Prochasson Prochasson, Christophe 323

23 The Visual Arts Annette Becker Becker, Annette 338

24 Film and the War Pierre Sorlin Sorlin, Pierre 353

Part IV States, Nations, And Empires 369

25 Austria-Hungary and "Yugoslavia" Mark Cornwall Cornwall, Mark 371

26 Belgium Sophie de Schaepdrijver de Schaepdrijver, Sophie 386

27 Britain and Ireland Adrian Gregory Gregory, Adrian 403

28 France Leonard V. Smith Smith, Leonard V. 418

29 Germany Gerhard Hirschfeld Hirschfeld, Gerhard 432

30 German-Occupied Eastern Europe Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius Liulevicius, Vejas Gabriel 447

31 Italy Antonio Gibelli Gibelli, Antonio 464

32 Russia Eric Lohr Lohr, Eric 479

33 The Ottoman Empire Hamit Bozarslan Bozarslan, Hamit 494

34 The United States Jennifer D. Keene Keene, Jennifer D. 508

35 The French and British Empires Christopher Hilliard Hilliard, Christopher 524

Part V Legacies 541

36 The Peace Settlement, 1919-39 Carole Fink Fink, Carole 543

37 War after the War: Conflicts, 1919-23 Peter Gatrell Gatrell, Peter 558

38 Mourning and Memory, 1919-45 Laurence Van Ypersele Van Ypersele, Laurence 576

Select Primary Sources 591

Extended Bibliography 601

Index 634

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