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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for academic survey essays on a wide number of aspects of the war, 23 April 2014
This review is from: The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War: New Edition (Oxford Illustrated Histories) (Kindle Edition)
This is an updated second edition of the Oxford Illustrated History, and contains 24 survey-style academic essays on various aspects of WW1. Strachan’s introduction is very good at problematising the ways in which the war is still conceived and spoken of (‘global’, ‘total’, ‘modern’), and in thinking through the implications of these categories.

The essays themselves are written by academic historians, leaders in their individual fields, and cover modern thinking on the causes of the war, economic warfare, the various theatres (the Balkans, Africa, war at sea), the role of women, propaganda, revolutions, and peace settlements. The book ends with a survey of how the war has been remembered, and fictionalised, throughout the twentieth century. Each essay is followed by a brief bibliography of further reading.

So this isn’t a book for anyone wanting a personal or dramatic view of the war, but is perfect for undergraduates, or general interested readers, working on any of the aspects of war who need a brief and timely overview of where research is currently.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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