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The First World War in 100 Objects [Hardcover]

Gary Sheffield
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10 Oct 2013
The First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict. It traces its history through the examination of iconic items like the Zeppelin, the gas mask and Winston Churchill's Cigar, to personal objects which tell the poignant stories of individuals and official documents, medals and badges. Fully illustrated, each object will be accompanied by approximately 500 words of text that will give the item context and highlight its significance.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780973969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780973968
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By recalling the history of each item, his book offers a new perspective on the first truly global war. (the official website of the BBC History magazine)

Propaganda posters, Churchill's cigars and Franz Ferdinand's car are used to cleverly weave together an immersive narrative of the conflict. --Your Family Tree

About the Author

Professor Gary Sheffield was appointed Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2006, having previously taught as a Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and has written widely on twentieth-century military history especially the First World War. In 2003, he shared the Templer Medal for Military Literature for his contribution to The British General Staff: Innovation and Reform (2002). Gary regularly broadcasts on radio and television, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, the Times Literary Supplement and BBC History Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire.

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This is one of a number of titles produced in recent times all having a similar idea of characterising the First World War in 100 objects. As the author of this one is a well known military historian then it is little surprise that it has an wide-ranging choice of objects that are described and analysed. Some of the articles are, as is made clear in the introduction, contributed by a group of 3 historians in addition to Gary Sheffield. All the articles are pithy and interesting and made the book an easy read.

Some of the objects chosen however were a little out of the way, e.g. No. 27 "Winston Churchill's Cigars" but I suppose that one of the interests for the reader in this kind of work is being able to disagree with the author's choices.

However, some of the editing, particularly of the picture captions, is very poor. E.g. No. 5 "The Pickelhaube" the caption for the german poster states that it is for "Candles". It is actually an advertisement poster for hard candy. This makes much more sense in the context of the article. Another editing failure is in No. 85 where what looks like a stereoscopic viewer image of a tank is described as "tanks". Things like this, and there are other examples, let down the production standard of what is otherwise a recommended book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First World War in 100 Objects 17 Mar 2014
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This is a fantastic book for those with some knowledge, but who want to know more, but like their history served up in bite-sized pieces. Prof. Sheffield is a very accessible writer and this format helps him tremendously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gary's latest work 8 Nov 2013
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This is the sort of book you can just dip into when you have a moment - I love it.
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