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The First World War by
Call Number: Ask at Reserve Desk
Publication Date: 2012-09-07
Susan R. Grayzel explores the unprecedented nature of modern “Total War,” and outlines the origins, experiences, and legacies of the war through — and beyond — Europe and the West. The introduction offers important insights into the cultural, political, and psychological landscape from which the war emerged, as well as a thoughtful examination of the conduct of the war and its aftermath. A wide array of documents, ranging from nationalist propaganda and diplomatic agreements to poetry and intimate letters and journals, reveal the far-reaching causes and consequences of this total war, and offer unique perspectives from voices sometimes overlooked in the study of the war.
Books in the MCC Library on WWI
Female Tommies by
Call Number: D639 W7 S45 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-01
Through their diaries, letters, and memoirs, this book tells the story of brave women at the front line of WWI. Readers will meet the women who defied convention and followed their convictions to defend the less fortunate and fight for their country. Follow British Flora Sandes as she joins the Serbian Army and takes up a place in the rear-guard of the Iron Regiment as they retreat from the Bulgarian advance. Stow away with Dorothy Lawrence as she smuggles herself to Paris, steals a uniform, and heads to the Front. Enlist in Russia's all-female "Battalion of Death" alongside peasant women and princesses alike. Through the writings of women who were members of organizations such as the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the Canadian Army Medical Corps, the FANY, WRAF, WRNS, WAAC, and many others, we learn what life was like for them on the front and discover the courage of the women who took up arms.
A few good women : America's military women from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by
Call Number: UB418.W65 M66 2010
Publication Date: 2010
"The never-before-told story of the U.S. women's military corps: the women who fought for the right to defend their country by serving in our armed forces with full military rank and benefits-- a fight that continues today for American military women who want to serve in combat support positions and in frontline combat units. Using interviews, correspondence, and diaries, as well as archival material, [the authors] tell the remarkable story of America's 'few good women' who today make up more than 15 percent of the U.S. armed forces and who serve alongside men in almost every capacity."
The Great War and Modern Memory by
Call Number: PR478 E8 F9 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-12
Fussell's landmark study of WWI remains as original and gripping today as ever before: a literate, literary, and illuminating account of the Great War, the one that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. Exploring the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for those writers who most effectively memorialized WWI as an historical experience with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning.
Mobilizing Minerva by
Call Number: D639 W7 J36 2008
Publication Date: 2008-02-08
American women did more than pursue roles as soldiers, doctors, and nurses during World War I. Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War reveals women's motivations for fighting for full citizenship rights both on and off the battlefield. The war provided chances for women to participate in the military, but also in other male-dominated career paths. Intense discussions of rape, methods of protecting women, and proper gender roles abound as Kimberly Jensen draws from rich case studies to show how female thinkers and activists wove wartime choices into long-standing debates about woman suffrage and economic parity. The war created new urgency in these debates, and Jensen forcefully presents the case of women participants and activists: women's involvement in the obligation of citizens to defend the state validated their right of full female citizenship.
Poetry of the First World War by
Call Number: STACKS PR1195.W65 P635 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
A new anthology that combines generous selections from well-known soldier poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon with work by civilian and women poets. A general introduction places Great War poetry in its contexts and the work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that explains the circumstances of composition.
Scars upon My Heart by
Call Number: STACKS PR1195.W65 S28 2006
Publication Date: 2006-02-09
A diverse and moving collection of women's poetry and verse of the First World War.
Shell Shock by
Call Number: RC550 .L387 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-05
To the British soldiers of the Great War who heard about it, 'shell shock' was uncanny, amusing and sad. To those who experienced it, the condition was shameful, unjustly stigmatized and life-changing. The first full-length study of the British 'shell shocked' soldiers of the Great War combines social and medical history to investigate the experience of psychological casualties on the Western Front, in hospitals, and through their postwar lives. It also investigates the condition's origin and consequences within British culture.
The Virago Book of Women and the Great War by
Call Number: STACKS D639.W7 V57 1999
Publication Date: 1999-11-04
"Women of all ages, classes and creeds describe their lives as wartime surgeons, nurses, foresters, censors, bus conductors, police constables, train drivers, bank clerks and munition workers. They inaugurated concerts for British troops or served with the armed forces; coped with air raids and food shortages; drove temperamental vehicles. Some of the contributors are familiar - Vera Brittain, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, the Pankhurst family - but many have been forgotten or are unknown. Together they make this anthology an indispensable, often very moving, guide to the Women's war"
Women's Identities at War by
Call Number: D639 W7 G57 1999
Publication Date: 1999-06-28
There are few moments in history when the division between the sexes seems as "natural" as during wartime: men go off to the "war front," while women stay behind on the "home front." But the very notion of the home front was an invention of the First World War, when, for the first time, "home" and "domestic" became adjectives that modified the military term "front." Such an innovation acknowledged the significant and presumably new contributions of civilians, especially women, to the war effort. Yet, as Susan Grayzel argues, throughout the war, traditional notions of masculinity and femininity survived, primarily through the maintenance of--and indeed reemphasis on--soldiering and mothering as the core of gender and national identities. Drawing on sources that range from popular fiction and war memorials to newspapers and legislative debates, Grayzel analyzes the effects of World War I on ideas about civic participation, national service, morality, sexuality, and identity in wartime Britain and France. Despite the appearance of enormous challenges to gender roles due to the upheavals of war, the forces of stability prevailed, she says, demonstrating the Western European gender system's remarkable resilience.
Women's Writing of the World War by
Call Number: STACKS PR478.W65 W64 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-23
From patriotic rhetoric to the gritty realism of the Front Line, this anthology juxtaposes women's writing of fact and fiction and aims to present a rounded picture of World War I as it was lived and fought by women across Britain.
Women and the First World War by
Call Number: D639.W7 G73 2002
Publication Date: 2002-08-27
"The First World War was the first modern, total war--one requiring the mobilisation of both civilians and combatants. Particularly in Europe, the main theatre of the conflict, this war demanded the active participation of both men and women. Women and the First World War provides an introduction to the experiences and contributions of women during this important turning point in history. In addition to exploring women's relationship to the war in each of the main protagonist states, the book also looks at the wide-ranging effects of the war on women in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Topical in its approach, the book highlights: the heated public debates about women's social, cultural and political roles that the war inspired; their varied experiences of war; women's representation in propaganda; their roles in peace movements and revolutionary activity that grew out of the war; the consequences of the war for women in its immediate aftermath.
Books in the MCC Library on WWI
Loyalty in Time of Trial by
Call Number: D639.N4 M55 2015
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
In one of the few book-length treatments of the subject, Nina Mjagkij conveys the full range of the African American experience during the "Great War." Prior to World War I, most African Americans did not challenge the racial status quo. But nearly 370,000 black soldiers served in the military during the war, and some 400,000 black civilians migrated from the rural South to the urban North for defense jobs. Following the war, emboldened by their military service and their support of the war on the home front, African Americans were determined to fight for equality. These two factors forced America to confront the impact of segregation and racism.
Freedom Struggles by
Call Number: D639 N4 L46 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-23
For many of the 200,000 black soldiers sent to Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, encounters with French civilians and colonial African troops led them to imagine a world beyond Jim Crow. They returned home to join activists working to make that world real. In narrating the efforts of African American soldiers and activists to gain full citizenship rights as recompense for military service, Adriane Lentz-Smith illuminates how World War I mobilized a generation.
The African Americans: many rivers to cross by
Call Number: E185 .G26 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
he African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six hour documentary of the same name, airing on national, primetime public television in the fall of 2013. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today—when Barack Obama is serving his second term as President, yet our country remains deeply divided by race and class.The book explores these topics in even more detail than possible in the television series, and examines many other fascinating matters as well, such as the ethnic origins—and the regional and cultural diversity—of the Africans whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people.
The Long Shadow by
Call Number: D523 R43 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-12
In The Long Shadow critically acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. He shows how events in that turbulent century—particularly World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism—shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914–18.
By exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, as well as art and poetry, The Long Shadow is stunningly broad in its historical perspective. Reynolds throws light on the vast expanse of the last century and explains why 1914–18 is a conflict that America is still struggling to comprehend.
The First World War by
Call Number: D523 S745 2010
Publication Date: 2010
In a compact but comprehensive and clear narrative, this book explores the First World War from a genuinely global perspective. Putting a human face on the war, William Kelleher Storey takes into account individual decisions and experiences as well as environmental and technological factors such as food, geography, manpower, and weapons. He argues that the war profoundly changed the ways in which people imagined the landscape around them and thought about technology and the environment. Before the war, Europe and its colonies generally regarded industrial technology as an instrument of modernity; the landscape existed to be conquered, divided, and ruled.
American Indians in World War I : at home and at war by
Call Number: D570.8.I6 B75 1997
Publication Date: 1997
Over 17,000 Native Americans registered for military service during World War I. Of these about 10,000 either enlisted or were drafted into the American Expeditionary Force. Three related questions are examined in depth for the first time in this book: What were the battlefield experiences of Native Americans? How did racial and cultural stereotypes about Indians affect their duties? Were Native American veterans changed by their military service?
Cataclysm : the First World War as political tragedy by
Call Number: D521 .S83 2004 STACKS
Publication Date: 2004
The standard account of World War I says that the war happened because politicians lost control of events, and that once the war began, it quickly became an unstoppable machine. But in this major new work, historian David Stevenson shows that politicians deliberately took risks that led to war in July 1914, and that battle by bloody battle, their decision remained to continue the fighting. Cataclysm presents the disturbing reality that the course of the war was the result of conscious choices--including the continued acceptance of astronomical casualties.Rather than the standard Germany-vs.-England account, Cataclysm is a truly international history, drawing on previously undisclosed records from the Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Ottoman governments.
Hollywood's World War I : motion picture images by
Call Number: D522.23 .H65 1997
Publication Date: 1997
n this study of feature films and documentaries, Hollywood's World War I traces America's changing views over five decades, as filmmakers have focused on a crisis that still reverberates in our civic and spiritual lives.
Doughboys on the Great War by
Call Number: D570.2 .G88 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-19
What was it like to kill or maim German soldiers? To see friends killed or maimed by the enemy? To return home after experiencing such violence? Again and again, soldiers wrestle with questions like these, putting into words what only they can tell. They also reflect on why they volunteered, why they fought, what their training was, and how ill-prepared they were for what they found overseas. They describe how they interacted with the civilian populations in England and France, how they saw the rewards and frustrations of occupation duty when they desperately wanted to go home, and—perhaps most significantly—what it all added up to in the end.
The last days of innocence : America at war, 1917-1918 by
Call Number: D570 .A46 1997 STACKS
Publication Date: 1997
The Great War was the gateway through which our grandparents passed from the relative innocence of the nineteenth century into our own troubled, uncertain era. Many of the giants of American history fought this war: Wilson, Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Marshall, Patton, MacArthur, and, feeding on fear of the growing communist menace, J. Edgar Hoover. It was a seminal period in the history of the United States and the world. But the American side of the story has remained largely untold, America's contribution to the war maligned or ignored, both at home and in Europe. Nineteen ninety-seven marks the eightieth anniversary of America's entry into the war. This book combines American, British, and French archival material to present a fresh and modern evaluation of America's performance - and the scars the experience of war left behind.
A Peace to End All Peace; Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 by
Call Number: DS63.2 G& F76 1989
Publication Date: 1989-08-01
The Ottoman Empire was destroyed in WWI, and the attempt to create a structure to govern the area, and to reward the victors, is the matter of this book. Mr. Fromkin has done a good job describing the pitfalls that were dug by the arrangement, but the question arises as to how they could have been avoided. The Wilsonian plan of setting up a set of nation-states seemed to be the best plan for Europe, but the victorious Allies had plans of compensating themselves from the Ottoman territories that was far more on the eighteenth century model.
The inhabitants had some ideas of their own, drawn from the nationalist nineteenth century model, and attempted to modify the peace plan. The resulting collisions are still vibrating today. This book identifies the major players then and the modern still-operating fault-lines.
Books in the MCC Library on WWI
The Battlefields of the First World War by
Call Number: D523 B4223 2005
Publication Date: 2005-11-11
The text is a good history of the war on the western front in the British sector, full of interesting personal notes and illustrative arcana from soldiers' letters and journals. But the treasure here is the trove of photographic images contained on two interactive CD-ROMs that are included. The discs hold hundreds of panoramic photographs, both British and German, showing the topography of the trenches from the North Sea all the way to Armentieres (and beyond). It's a heavy, expensive delight - look for it in a library, and be prepared to spend many hours studying the photos: they've never been published before.
The great war, 1914-18 by
Call Number: D521 .T83 1998 STACKS
Publication Date: 1998
This book presents a clearly written narrative for the general reader that concentrates on the military campaigns and turning points. It addresses the dilemmas posed by new technologies and the impact of command decisions to overcome these. The author provides an easy-to-understand, concise analysis of the coming of the war. The book also includes a chapter evaluating the war's impact on the home fronts. And the concluding chapter analyzes the flawed peace settlement that followed the conflict and sets the war in its wider historical context.
The great war and the shaping of the 20th century by
Call Number: D521 .W49 1996 STACKS
Publication Date: 1996
The World War of 1914-1918, the Great War, was the first of the man-made disasters of the twentieth century. In many ways it was without precedent. Never had the battlefield been so vast, whether in the trenches, in the sky, or on and in the seas. Never had a war reached so deeply into the lives of people so far away from the battlefield. The shock waves generated by this cataclysmic event are felt to this day, as this dramatic narrative makes vividly clear. Here is presented a history of world war in a new way. The military flow of the conflict - from the invasion of Belgium in the summer of 1914 to the collapse of Germany in the autumn of 1918 - is followed throughout. But these epic events are rendered with fresh insights by the interweaving of the cultural history of the time - the hopes and dreams, the ideas and aspirations, the exhilaration and despair, both of those remote from power and of those who led them. This is a journey into the intense personal experiences of people trying to make sense of war on a scale the world had never seen.
Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War by
Call Number: NEW BOOKSHELF D570.33 369th .S25 2014
Publication Date: 2015-10-09
From its beginnings in the 15th New York National Guard through its training in the explosive atmosphere in the South, its singular performance in the French army during World War I, and the pathos of postwar adjustment—this book reveals as never before the details of the Harlem Rattlers' experience, the poignant history of some of its heroes, its place in the story of both World War I and the African American campaign for equality—and its full importance in our understanding of American history.
Meaning of the First World War by
Call Number: D523 A546
Publication Date: 1965-01-01
The Meaning of the First World War provides a concise narrative of the war itself and of hte era it brought to a conflict, René Alrecht-Carrié argues that the war upset the delicate equilibrium of European power and tore the fabric of European society with such a force that no treaty, however equitable, could by itself have averted the crises that followed. With a masterful grasp of the issues underlying the war. Albrecht-Carrié skillfully unravels the tangle of political alliances and military battles to reveal in what ways World War I laid the groundwork for our century of tension and transition.
Paris 1919 : six months that changed the world by
Call Number: D644 .M32 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time in history, was an American president, Woodrow Wilson, who with his Fourteen Points seemed to promise to so many people the fulfillment of their dreams. Stern, intransigent, impatient when it came to security concerns and wildly idealistic in his dream of a League of Nations that would resolve all future conflict peacefully, Wilson is only one of the larger-than-life characters who fill the pages of this extraordinary book. David Lloyd George, the gregarious and wily British prime minister, brought Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes. Lawrence of Arabia joined the Arab delegation. Ho Chi Minh, a kitchen assistant at the Ritz, submitted a petition for an independent Vietnam.
The pity of war by
Call Number: D511 .F28 1999 STACKS
Publication Date: 1999
In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson makes a simple and provocative argument: that the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England’s fault. Britain, according to Ferguson, entered into war based on naïve assumptions of German aims—and England’s entry into the war transformed a Continental conflict into a world war, which they then badly mishandled, necessitating American involvement. The war was not inevitable, Ferguson argues, but rather the result of the mistaken decisions of individuals who would later claim to have been in the grip of huge impersonal forces.That the war was wicked, horrific, inhuman,is memorialized in part by the poetry of men like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but also by cold statistics. More British soldiers were killed in the first day of the Battle of the Somme than Americans in the Vietnam War; indeed, the total British fatalities in that single battle—some 420,000—exceeds the entire American fatalities for both World Wars.
The True Story of the Harlem Hellfighters in World War I by
Call Number: NEW BOOKSHELF D639.N4 S35 2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-21
Originally published in 1919 in the author’s larger “The American Negro in the World War,” this paperback edition tells the true story of the tough “Harlem Hellfighters,” the all-black regiment (369th Infantry Regiment) of the U.S. Army that served with the French against the Germans in World War I—the only regiment that “never lost a man captured, a trench, or a foot of ground.”
The World War I reader : primary and secondary sources by
Call Number: D509 .W85 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Almost 100 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, World War I continues to be badly understood and greatly oversimplified. Its enormous impact on the world in terms of international diplomacy and politics, and the ways in which future military engagements would evolve, be fought, and ultimately get resolved have been ignored. With this reader of primary and secondary documents, edited and compiled by Michael S. Neiberg, students, scholars, and war buffs can gain an extensive yet accessible understanding of this conflict. Neiberg introduces the basic problems in the history of World War I, shares the words and experiences of the participants themselves, and, finally, presents some of the most innovative and dynamic current scholarship on the war.