This is the first systematic scholarly study of the historiography of the First World War. The First World War remains controversial in its conduct and broader implications, and this volume explores many issues which continue to cause debate, such as Haig's generalship, the role of T.E. Lawrence in the Arab Revolt, and the failure of the Dardanelles campaign. It also examines the new approaches to the war stimulated by the fiftieth anniversaries in the 1960s, and follows them through to contemporary concern with the experiences of ordinary soldiers and their chroniclers. The contributors are leading historians of the First World War. They draw their material from a wide range of contemporary sources and subsequent accounts, and make full use of recent research. They provide new insights into the age-old problems of war and attitudes to warfare. Their purpose is to demonstrate how our understanding of war and our image of the First World War have been shaped by the historical writing of the twentieth century.
"An outstanding, diverse, and highly detailed collection of essays....The level of expert inquiry and analysis displayed in the volume is remarkable....It is replete with detail, written with unvarying skill and taut clarity, and displays a depth of critical analysis throughout that is severe, yet balanced and objective."--The Historian
"Well-balanced and up-to-date essays, accessible to general as well as academic readers....Provides excellent coverage of work relating to the campaigns on the Western Front, Gallipoli, and Palestine."--CHOICE
"Surveys a debate not yet concluded."--Albion
I. Establishing the Historical Foundations; II. The Battle of the Memoirs; III. Indirect Approaches; IV. The Great War Rediscovered