The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (1st New edition)

ISBN : 9780199663385

Hew Strachan
400 Pages
201 x 251 mm
Pub date
Apr 2014
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The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live, and its legacy lives on, in poetry, in prose, in collective memory and political culture. By the time the war ended in 1918, millions lay dead. Three major empires lay shattered by defeat, those of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottomans. A fourth, Russia, was in the throes of a revolution that helped define the rest of the twentieth century. The Oxford History of the First World War brings together in one volume many of the most distinguished historians of the conflict, in an account that matches the scale of the events. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, they chart the course of the war and assess its profound political and human consequences. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider context of the fighting at sea and in the air, and which ranged on land from the trenches of Flanders to the mountains of the Balkans and the deserts of the Middle East. First published for the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, this highly illustrated revised edition contains significant new material to mark the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak.


1. The Origins of the War
2. The Strategy of the Central Powers, 1914-1917
3. Manoeuvre Warfare: The Eastern and Western Fronts, 1914-1915
4. The Strategy of the Entente Powers, 1914-1917
5. The Balkans, 1914-1918
6. Turkey's War
7. The War in Africa
8. The War at Sea
9. Economic Warfare
10. Economic Mobilization: Money, Munitions, Machines
11. The Role of Women in War
12. The Challenge to Liberalism: The Politics of the Home Fronts
13. Eastern Front and Western Front, 1916-1917
14. Mutinies and Military Morale
15. War Aims and Peace Negotiations
16. Propaganda and the Mobilization of Consent
17. Socialism, Peace, and Revolution, 1917-1918
18. The Entry of the USA into the War and its Effects
19. The German Victories, 1917-1918
20. The War in the Air
21. The Allied Victories, 1918
22. The Peace Settlement
23. No End to War
24. Memory and the Great War
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About the author: 

Sir Hew Strachan was born in Edinburgh in 1949, and was educated Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was Fellow between 1975 and 1992. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow between 1992 and 2001, and founded its Scottish Centre for War Studies. In 2002 he became Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College, and between 2003 and 2012 he directed the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. The first volume of his planned trilogy on the First World War, To Arms, was published in 2001, and in 2003 he was the historian behind the 10-part series, The First World War, broadcast on Channel 4. He is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner and a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, and serves on the British, Scottish, and French national committees advising on the centenary of the First World War.

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