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  • Higham, Robin and Dennis E. Showalter, eds. Researching World War I: A Handbook (2003), 475pp; highly detailed historiography, stressing military themes; annotates over 1000 books; online edition
  • Tucker, Spencer, ed. The Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political, Social, and Military History (5 vol 2005); the most detailed reference source; articles by specialists cover all aspects of the war
    • Tucker, Spencer C., ed. World War I: A Student Encyclopedia. 4 vol. ABC-CLIO, 2006. 2454 pp.


  • Baron, Nick and Gatrell, Peter, ed. Homelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918-1924. 2004. 267 pp.
  • Broadberry, Stephen, and Mark Harrison, eds. The Economics of World War I (2005) ISBN 0-521-85212-9. Covers France, Britain, USA, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and the Netherlands, 362pp; excerpt and text search
  • Fairlie, John A. British War Administration (1919) online edition
  • Chickering, R. Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 (1998)
  • Craig, Gordon. Germany, 1866-1945 (1999) pp 339=95 online at ACLS e-books
  • Davis, Belinda Joy. Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Ferguson, Niall The Pity of War (1999), 563pp; cultural and economic themes online edition
  • Gatrell, Peter. Russia's First World War: A Social and Economic History. 2005. 318 pp.
  • Hardach, Gerd. The First World War 1914-1918 (1977), economic history of major power
  • Kocka, Jürgen. Facing total war: German society, 1914-1918 (1984). online at ACLS e-books
  • Lincoln, W. Bruce. Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution, 1914-1918 (1986)
  • Osborne, Eric. Britain's Economic Blockade of Germany, 1914-1919 (2004)
  • Silbey, David. The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for War, 1914-1916 (2005) online edition
  • Stubbs, Kevin D. Race to the Front: The Materiel Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great War (2002)
  • Shotwell, James T. Economic and Social History of the World War (1924)
  • Tucker, Spencer, ed. European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1999)
  • Turner, John, ed. Britain and the First World War (1988)
  • Welch, David. Germany, Propaganda and Total War, 1914-1918 (2003)
  • Winter, J. M. The Experience of World War I (2nd ed 2005)
  • Winter, J. M. Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin, 1914-1919 (1999)
  • Woodward, Sir Llewellyn. Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918. 1967.
  • see also David Lloyd George


  • Bassett, John Spencer. Our War with Germany: A History (1919) online edition
  • Beaver, Daniel R. Newton D. Baker and the American War Effort, 1917-1919 (1966)
  • Chambers, John W., II. To Raise an Army: The Draft Comes to Modern America (1987)
  • Esposito, David M. The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: American War Aims in World War I. (1996) 159pp online edition
  • Kennedy, David M. Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1982), covers politics & economics & society online edition
  • Koistinen, Paul. Mobilizing for Modern War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1865-1919
  • May, Ernest R. The World War and American isolation, 1914-1917 (1959online at ACLS e-books
  • Scott, Emmett Jay. Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War (1919) 511 pages online edition
  • Slosson, Preston William. The Great Crusade and after, 1914-1928 (1930). American social history online edition
  • Venzon, Anne ed. The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1995)
  • Young, Ernest William. The Wilson Administration and the Great War (1922) online edition
  • Zieger, Robert H. America's Great War: World War I and the American Experience. 2000. 272 pp.


  • Brown R. C., and Ramsay Cook. Canada, 1896-1921 A Nation Transformed. (1974). the standard survey
  • Cook, Tim. "Quill and Canon: Writing the Great War in Canada," American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 35, 2005 online edition
  • Dickson, Paul Douglas. A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Granatstein, Jack, and J.M. Hitsman, Broken Promises: A History of Conscription in Canada (1977)
  • Jensen, Richard. "Nationalism and Civic Duty in Wartime: Comparing World Wars in Canada and America." Canadian Issues 2004 (Wint): 6-10. Issn: 0318-8442
  • MacKenzie, David, ed. Canada and the First World War (2005) 16 essays by leading scholars excerpt and text search
  • Milner, Marc. Canadian Military History. (1993). Includes problems of Canadian recruiting and the 1917 draft crisis (with its problems over Quebec)
  • Morton, Desmond, and Jack Granatstein. Marching to Armageddon: Canadians and the Great War 1914-1919 (1989)
  • Wade, Mason. The French Canadians, 1760-1945 (1955), ch 12 online edition

Primary sources

  • Marwick, Arthur, and W. Simpson (eds). War, Peace and Social Change - Europe 1900-1955 - Documents I: 1900-1929 (1990)
  • M. Shevin-Coetzee and F. Coetzee (eds). World War One and European Society (1995).

Cultural, literary, artistic, memorial

  • Bairnsfather, Bruce. Bullets & Billets (1916) . Cartoons.
  • Cruickshank, John. Variations on Catastrophe: Some French Responses to the Great War (1982)
  • Ekstein, Modris, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (1989).
  • Frantzen, Allen J. Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory (1975), classic study of WWI literature
  • Hurcombe, Martin. Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Hynes, Samuel. A War Imagined: The First World War in English Culture (1987)
  • Mosse, George L. Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars (1991)
  • Parfitt, George. Fiction of the First World War: A Study (1990).
  • Potter, Jane. Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War, 1914-1918. (2005). 257 pp.
  • Raitt, Suzanne and Trudi Tateeds. Women's Fiction and the Great War (1997)
  • Robb, George. British Culture And The First World War (2002)
  • Roshwald, Aviel. European Culture in the Great War : The Arts, Entertainment and Propaganda, 1914-1918 (2002)
  • Sherry, Vincent. The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Silkin, Jon. ed. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (2nd ed. 1997) excerpt and text search
  • Stallworthy Jon. Great Poets of World War I: Poetry from the Great War (2002), brief
  • Vance, Jonathan F. Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War (1997)
  • Verhey, Jeffrey. The Spirit of 1914: Militarism, Myth and Mobilization in Germany (2000)
  • Viney, Nigel. Images of Wartime: British Art and Artists of World War I (1991)
  • Walter, George. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Watson, Janet S. K. Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain (2004). excerpt and text search
  • Winter, Jay. Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995), excerpt and text search
  • Winter, Jay. America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Winter, Jay, and Emmanuel Sivan. War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Wood, Richard and David Culbert. Film and Propaganda in America: A Documentary History: World War I - Vol. 1 (1990)
  • Zehfuss, Maja. Wounds of Memory: The Politics of War in Germany (2007) excerpt and text search

Poetry and songs

  • Clarke, George Herbert. A Treasury of War Poetry: British and American Poems of the World War, 1914-1919 (1919) 361 pages online edition
  • On Receiving News of the War, (1914) poem by Isaac Rosenberg
  • In Flanders Fields, (1915) poem by John McCrae full text[1]
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth, (1917) poem by Wilfred Owen
  • Dulce et Decorum Est,(1917) poem by Wilfred Owen
  • Disabled (poem)|Disabled,(1917) poem by Wilfred Owen
  • Base details,(1918) poem by Siegfried Sassoon
  • They (poem)|They, (1918) poem by Siegfried Sassoon
  • And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, (1972) song by Eric Bogle
  • Over There, (1917) theme song of the war by George M. Cohan

Novels, memoirs

  • Le Feu (Under Fire), (1916) novel by Henri Barbusse
  • The Storm of Steel', autobiography of Ernst Jünger. First published 1920 and revised several times through 1961
  • Rilla of Ingleside (1920), novel by L.M. Montgomery, an account of the war as experienced by Canadian women of the time.
  • Three Soldiers (1921) novel by John Dos Passos
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922) by T. E. Lawrence
  • The Good Soldier Švejk (1923) satirical novel by Jaroslav Hašek
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), highly influential novel by Erich Maria Remarque [2]
  • Death of a Hero (1929) novel by Richard Aldington
Ernest Hemingway Sept 1918, planning A Farewell to Arms
  • A Farewell to Arms, (1929) influential novel by Ernest Hemingway[3]
  • Goodbye to All That, (1929) autobiography of Robert Graves
  • Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) novel by Siegfried Sassoon
  • Testament of Youth, (1933) memoir by Vera Brittain
  • Un anno sull'altipiano (A Year on the Plateau), (1938) novel by Emilio Lussu
  • Joe's War: Memoirs of a Doughboy (1983), autobiography by Joseph N. Rizzi
  • Regeneration, (1991), The Eye in the Door, 1993; The Ghost Road novels by Pat Barker
  • Birdsong (1993), novel by Sebastian Faulks excerpts
  • No Graves As Yet, (2003), first volume of a trilogy of novels by Anne Perry
  • Deafening (2003), book written by Francis Itani
  • A Long, Long Way (2005), novel by Sebastian Barry
  • To the Last Man (2005), novel by Jeffrey Shaara|Jeff Shaara
  • Turn Right at Istanbul novel by Tony Wright
  • A World Undone (2006), novel by G. J. Meyer

Films, plays, television series and mini-series

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), film directed by Rex Ingram, based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
  • Mare Nostrum (1926), film directed by Rex Ingram, based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
  • Wings (1927), film directed by William A. Wellman tells the story about two fighter pilots, Oscar winner
  • Journey's End (1928), play written by R. C. Sherriff
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), film directed by Lewis Milestone, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
  • Hell's Angels (1930), film directed by Howard Hughes
  • Grand Illusion (1937), film directed by Jean Renoir
  • Sergeant York (1941), film directed by Howard Hawks
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), film directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Paths of Glory (1957), film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb (1935)
  • Marš na Drinu (1961), Serbian film about a Serbian artillery battalion in the Battle of Cer
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962) film directed by David Lean
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965), film by David Lean, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak about Russia
  • The Blue Max (1966), film directed by John Guillermin
  • Oh! What a Lovely War(1969), film directed by Richard Attenborough, from the 1963 musical play by Joan Littlewood
  • Johnny Got His Gun (1971), film directed by Dalton Trumbo
  • Gallipoli (1981), film directed by Peter Weir
  • Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, (1985), play by Frank McGuinness
  • The Lighthorsemen (1987), film directed by Simon Wincer
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), TV series by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
  • Regeneration (1997), film directed by Gillies MacKinnon, based on the novel by Pat Barker (1991)
  • The Lost Battalion (2001), film and screenplay directed by Russell Mulcahy
  • A Very Long Engagement (2004), film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, based on the novel by Sebastien Japrisot (1991)
  • Joyeux Noël (2005), film about the 1914 Christmas truce.
  • Passchendaele (2006), film directed by and starring Paul Gross
  • Flyboys (2006), film directed by Tony Bill, about American pilots


  1. See Nancy Holmes, "'In Flanders Fields' - Canada's Official Poem: Breaking Faith." Studies in Canadian Literature 2005 30(1): 11-33. Issn: 0380-6995
  2. See Spark Notes at [1]
  3. See Spark Notes at [2]