The Cambridge History of the First World War

TitleThe Cambridge History of the First World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
Series EditorWinter, Jay
Number of Volumes3
Number of Pages754, 786, 763
PublisherCambridge University Press

The Cambridge History of the First World War is a comprehensive, three-volume work, which provides an authoritative account of the military, political, social, economic and cultural history of the Great War. Reflecting the very latest research in the field, the volumes provide a guide to the course of the war and of how the dynamics of conflict unfolded throughout the world. 

Volume 1: Global War – provides a comprehensive account of the war's military history and charts how a war made possible by globalization and imperial expansion unfolded into catastrophe, growing year by year in scale and destructive power far beyond that which anyone had anticipated in 1914.

Volume 2: The State – offers a history of the war from a predominantly political angle and concerns itself with the story of the state. It explores the multifaceted history of state power and highlights the ways in which different political systems responded to, and were deformed by, the near-unbearable pressures of war.

Volume 3: Civil Society – explores the social and cultural history of the war and considers the role of civil society throughout the conflict; that is to say those institutions and practices outside the state through which the war effort was waged.

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