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Paperback, 29/06/2017, £10.99

Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War

Paperback, 03/08/2017, £12.99
The First World War in the words of the men who fought it, from the author of Gallipoli and The Great War.

Empires of the Dead

Hardback, 26/09/2013, £16.99
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction; the extraordinary and forgotten story behind the building of the First World War cemeteries, due to the efforts of one remarkable and visionary man, Fabian Ware.

World War I and Urban Order: The Local Class Politics of National Mobilization

Paperback, 31/05/2017, £29.99
This book uses Portland, Oregon to bring to life the transformation of U.S. cities during the first truly national war mobilization effort. World War I had an enormous impact on urban life and the relationship between cities and the federal government that has been almost entirely unexplored until now.

1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War

Hardback, 29/08/2013, £25.00
Explores and explains the grand strategic shift that occurred in the century before the war, the British Army's regeneration after its drubbings in its fight against the Boer in South Africa, its almost calamitous experience of the first twenty days' fighting in Flanders.

Passchendaele: A New History

Paperback, 05/10/2017, £10.99

Missing of the Somme

Paperback, 08/11/2012, £8.99
'The great Great War book of our time.' Observer

Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War

Hardback, 18/01/2018, £18.99
2018 marks the centenary not only of the Armistice but also of women gaining the vote. A Lab of One's Own commemorates both anniversaries by exploring how the War gave female scientists, doctors, and engineers unprecedented opportunities to undertake endeavours normally reserved for men.

Day Sussex Died: A History of Lowther's Lambs to the Boar's Head Massacre

Paperback, 01/02/2016, £15.99
This book is a result of twelve years work, providing a detailed account of the events of The Battle of the Boar's Head, 30th June 1916 at the village of Richebourg. It is a testament to those men who served and gave up their lives in the service of their King, Country, and the Southdown Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment, Lowther's Lambs.

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

Paperback, 07/06/2018, £10.99
Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past' GuardianWith a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history.

Supernatural War: Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War

Hardback, 08/11/2018, £20.00
How widespread belief in fortune-telling, prophecies, spirits, magic, and protective talismans gripped the battlefields and home fronts of Europe during the First World War.

Great War and Medieval Memory: War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914-1940

Paperback, 12/11/2009, £32.99
A comparative study of the cultural impact of the Great War on British and German societies. Taking medievalism as a mode of public commemorations as its focus, this book unravels the British and German search for historical continuity and meaning in the shadow of an unprecedented human catastrophe.

Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster

Hardback, 15/11/2018, £38.99
Forgetful Remembrance offers a new approach to the study of memory by focusing on vernacular historiographies and the notion of forgetting. Using the 1798 Irish Rebellion, Beiner explores how communities try to obscure inconvenient and uncomfortable events from the past.

Public Schools and the Great War: The Generation Lost

Paperback, 08/08/2018, £14.99
The book examines the impact which the Great War had on the Public Schools and the sacrificial contribution made to the victory which came in 1918.

Animals in the First World War

Paperback, 10/03/2014, £7.99
Looks at all the practical ways in which animals were essential to the war effort, but is equally interested in their roles as companions, mascots and morale boosters - on land, in the air and at sea.

Great War and the Middle East

Paperback, 26/08/2021, £16.99
The story of the First World War in the Middle East - and how it swept away five hundred years of Ottoman rule to lay the foundations for the troubled Middle East that we know today.

Western Front: A History of the First World War

Paperback, 04/11/2021, £12.99

Pity of War

Paperback, 30/09/1999, £14.99
The First World War killed around eight million men and bled Europe dry. Was the sacrifice worth it? Was it all really an inevitable cataclysm and were the Germans a genuine threat? Was the war, as is often asserted, greeted with popular enthusiasm? Why did men keep on fighting when conditions were so wretched? This title deals with questions.

First World War: A New History

Paperback, 13/02/2014, £9.99
A brilliant and penetrating history of the First World War by one of the world's foremost experts on the conflict. Reissued for the 100th Anniversary.

Breakdown: Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme 1916

Hardback, 07/04/2016, £25.00
One hundred years on from the Battle of the Somme, Breakdown tells the unusual and little-known story of shell shock in one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the British army.

Britain's Forgotten Fighter Ace Captain Ball VC

Paperback, 12/06/2014, £18.99
A wonderful combination of wartime anecdotes, personal letters and contemporary images

War Under the Red Ensign 1914-1918

Hardback, 30/08/2010, £19.99

Love of an Unknown Soldier

Hardback, 01/02/2015, £9.99
Love of an Unknown Soldier is the publication of a series of intimate documents that were found in a dug-out of an abandoned gun position, resulting in an extremely moving love story.

Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914

Paperback, 16/02/2015, £9.99
A radical interpretation of the divisions leading up to the declaration of war, August, 1914.

Routledge Atlas of the First World War 3ed

Paperback, 08/09/2008, £28.99
An atlas that sets out the course of the Great War, from its origins to its terrible legacy. It illustrates its military, social, political and economic aspects.

Margot Asquith's Great War Diary 1914-1916

Paperback, 10/03/2016, £12.99
A Downing Street diary with a difference; offering a unique record and a fascinating insight into the British government during WWI, written by Margot Asquith, the wife of the prime minister, H. H. Asquith.

Great War Britain: The First World war at home

Hardback, 02/06/2014, £25.00
The declaration of war in August 1914 was to change Britain and British society irrevocably as conflict came to dominate almost every aspect of civilian life for the next four years.

Month That Changed the World: July 1914 and WWI

Paperback, 13/04/2017, £14.99
The dramatic step-by-step account of how the assassination of an Austrian archduke in the Balkans led to the cataclysm of the First World War over five fateful weeks in the summer of 1914.

Missing of the Somme

Paperback, 30/06/2016, £10.99
Republished to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme Geoff Dyer's classic book is 'the great Great War book of our time' (Observer)

Crisis of Brilliance

Paperback, 01/06/2010, £9.99

Only Remembered

Paperback, 06/10/2016, £7.99
2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. To mark the date, this anthology collects images and poems from some of the UK's cultural, political and literary figures. It includes short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts and paintings.

Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement

Hardback, 03/11/2016, £25.00
At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes' lively biography of his grandfather reassesses his life and work, and the political instability and violence in the Middle East attributed to it.

Too Important for the Generals: Losing and Winning the First World War

Paperback, 01/06/2017, £11.99
One of the great questions in the ongoing discussions and debate about the First World War is why did winning take so long and exact so appalling a human cost? The author argues that from day one of the war Britain was wrong-footed by absurdly faulty French military doctrine and paid, as a result, an unnecessarily high price in casualties.

Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars

Hardback, 30/06/2017, £30.00
In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort.

Fire in the Sky

Paperback, 01/12/2012, £9.99
The first book in 90 years dedicated to the daring and courage of the airmen and mechanics of the Australian Flying Corps - a tale of a war fought thousands of feet above the trenches from which only one in two emerged unscathed.

Our Land at War: Britain's First World War Sites

Paperback, 01/05/2014, £14.99
The First World War was a human catastrophe but it also saw a dynamic development of new weapons and a new kind of war; Our Land at War takes you on a journey to the key places that witnessed this war effort and those at all levels of society who brought about the change.

Origins Of The First World War

Paperback, 18/10/2001, £32.99
A concise introduction to one of the major historical controversies, brought right up-to-date for this 3rd edition.

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War

Hardback, 01/07/2014, £18.99
This book tells the story of women in the First World War at the front line, under fire, and in combat.

Fateful Year: England 1914

Hardback, 02/01/2014, £25.00
War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for it. Here, among a crowded cast of unforgettable characters, are suffragettes, armed with axes, and celebrity aviators thrilling spectators by looping the loop. This book tells the story of England in 1914.

Broken World: Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War

Hardback, 03/07/2014, £20.00
Presents an anthology of writing on the First World War. This book offers a collection of personal and defining moments that offer insight into the Great War as it was experienced and as it was remembered.

First Day on the Somme

Paperback, 31/03/2016, £12.99
On 1 July, 1916, a continuous line of British soldiers climbed out from the trenches of the Somme into No Man's Land and began to walk slowly towards dug-in German troops armed with machine-guns and defended by thick barbed wire. This is an account of the blackest day in the history of the British army.

Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War

Hardback, 28/08/2014, £30.00
The true story of Allied nursing in the First World War, offering a compelling account of nurses' wartime experiences and a clear appraisal of their work and its contribution to the Allied cause.
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