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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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Manufacturing and the Great War

Manufacturing and the Great War

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Wayne Osborne
July 31, 2019

Prior to 1914, wars had been comparatively small affairs using relatively small amounts of military supplies and, despite warnings, British industry and government initially failed to grasp the scale of the war with demand for munitions soon outstripping supply. This book chronicles the build-up of...

British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit

British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrekos Varnava
July 11, 2019

Most of the Cypriot population, especially the lower classes, remained loyal to the British cause during the Great War and the island contributed significantly to the First World War, with men and materials. The British acknowledged this yet failed to institute political and economic reforms once...

Burying America’s World War Dead

Burying America’s World War Dead

1st Edition

Tracy Fisher
February 28, 2019

After the World War ended, the families of the American war dead were faced with a difficult choice. Political leaders like former President Theodore Roosevelt were encouraging families to leave the dead with their comrades in European cemeteries to create stronger political ties between the United...

Veterans of the First World War: Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Servicewomen in Post-War Britain and Ireland

Veterans of the First World War: Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Servicewomen in Post-War Britain and Ireland

1st Edition

David Swift, Oliver Wilkinson
February 21, 2019

This volume synthesises the latest scholarship on First World War veterans in post-war Britain and Ireland, investigating the topic through its political, social and cultural dynamics. It examines the post-war experiences of those men and women who served and illuminates the nature of the post-war...

The Great War in the Middle East: A Clash of Empires

The Great War in the Middle East: A Clash of Empires

1st Edition

Robert Johnson, James E. Kitchen
February 14, 2019

Traditionally, in general studies of the First World War, the Middle East is an arena of combat that has been portrayed in romanticised terms, in stark contrast to the mud, blood, and presumed futility of the Western Front. Battles fought in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, and Arabia offered a...

Policing the Home Front 1914-1918: The control of the British population at war

Policing the Home Front 1914-1918: The control of the British population at war

1st Edition

Mary Fraser
December 03, 2018

The civilian police during the First World War in Great Britain were central to the control of the population at home. This book will show the detail and challenges of police work during the First World War and how this impacted on ordinary people’s daily lives. The aim is to tell the story of the...

Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon

Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon

1st Edition

Stefan Manz, Panikos Panayi, Matthew Stibbe
September 18, 2018

Although civilian internment has become associated with the Second World War in popular memory, it has a longer history. The turning point in this history occurred during the First World War when, in the interests of ‘security’ in a situation of total war, the internment of ‘enemy aliens’ became...

Churches, Chaplains and the Great War

Churches, Chaplains and the Great War

1st Edition

Hanneke Takken
August 14, 2018

This book is an international comparative study of the British, German and French military chaplains during the First World War. It describes their role, position and daily work within the army and how the often conflicting expectations of the church, the state, the military and the soldiers...

War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality

War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality

1st Edition

Louis Halewood, Adam Luptak, Hanna Smyth
July 26, 2018

The International Society for First World War Studies’ ninth conference, ‘War Time’, drew together emerging and leading scholars to discuss, reflect upon, and consider the ways that time has been conceptualised both during the war itself and in subsequent scholarship. War Time: First World War...

Aerial Propaganda and the Wartime Occupation of France, 1914–18

Aerial Propaganda and the Wartime Occupation of France, 1914–18

1st Edition

Bernard Wilkin
June 28, 2018

Aerial Propaganda and the Wartime Occupation of France, 1914-1918 explores the combined role played by the French and British Governments and Armies in creating and distributing millions of aerial newspapers and leaflets aimed at the French population trapped behind German lines. Drawing on...

The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and society

The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and society

1st Edition

Michael J.K. Walsh, Andrekos Varnava
June 28, 2018

In 1914 almost one quarter of the earth's surface was British. When the empire and its allies went to war in 1914 against the Central Powers, history's first global conflict was inevitable.  It is the social and cultural reactions to that war and within those distant, often overlooked, societies...

Eric Bogle, Music and the Great War: 'An Old Man's Tears'

Eric Bogle, Music and the Great War: 'An Old Man's Tears'

1st Edition

Michael J. K. Walsh
December 04, 2017

Eric Bogle has written many iconic songs that deal with the futility and waste of war. Two of these in particular, ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘No Man’s Land (a.k.a. The Green Fields of France)’, have been recorded numerous times in a dozen or more languages indicating the...

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