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British Strategy and War Aims 1914-1916 (RLE First World War)

British Strategy and War Aims 1914-1916 (RLE First World War)

1st Edition

David French
February 27, 2017

This book illustrates the relationship between British military policy and the development of British war aims during the opening years of the First World War. Basing his work on a wide range of unpublished documentary sources, David French reassesses for the benefit of students and scholars alike...

Britain, America and the Sinews of War 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

Britain, America and the Sinews of War 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Kathleen Burk
February 27, 2017

Anglo-American relations were transformed during the First World War. Britain was already in long-term economic decline relative to the United States, but this decline was accelerated by the war, which was militarily a victory for Britain, but economically a catastrophe. This book sets out the...

American Newsfilm 1914-1919 (RLE The First World War): The Underexposed War

American Newsfilm 1914-1919 (RLE The First World War): The Underexposed War

1st Edition

David H. Mould
February 27, 2017

The First World War was the first conflict in which film became a significant instrument of propaganda. For the United States, the war had two distinct phases: from August 1914 to April 1917, America was officially a neutral country; after April 1917 the United States was in the war, providing men,...

Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

Great Britain and the War of 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Llewellyn Woodward
February 07, 2017

This volume covers the essential facts about Britain’s role in the First World War, not only militarily but also from a domestic point of view: the political and economic organisation of Britain for war, the extension of state control, the problems set by shortages of shipping and food. The book...

German Policy Toward Neutral Spain, 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

German Policy Toward Neutral Spain, 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Ron Carden
February 07, 2017

This volume describes and analyses the methods Germany used to reinforce Spain’s independence thereby preventing Madrid’s entry into the war on the Allied side. While there have been many studies dealing with the wartime economic histories of Holland, Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland, Spain,...

The Scaremongers (RLE The First World War): The Advocacy of War and Rearmament 1896-1914

The Scaremongers (RLE The First World War): The Advocacy of War and Rearmament 1896-1914

1st Edition

A. J. A. Morris
February 07, 2017

This revealing book illustrates how the passion for war was fostered and promoted. The author provides detailed evidence of how and why an image of Germany as a nation determined upon world hegemony was deliberately promoted by a group of British newspaper editors, proprietors and journalists. This...

War Aims and Strategic Policy in the Great War 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

War Aims and Strategic Policy in the Great War 1914-1918 (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Barry Hunt, Adrian Preston
January 27, 2017

Recent research has largely destroyed the fallacy that most of the powers declared war in 1914 without any clear perception of why and to what ultimate end. War aims were the subject of frequent examination, although decisions to publicise the results depended on a number of factors affecting both...

War and the State (RLE The First World War): The Transformation of British Government, 1914-1919

War and the State (RLE The First World War): The Transformation of British Government, 1914-1919

1st Edition

Kathleen Burk
January 27, 2017

This volume gives students and researchers an insight into British central government in 1914, how and why it altered during the war years and what permanent changes remained when the war was over. The war saw the scope of governmental intervention widened in an unprecedented manner. The...

British Food Policy During the First World War (RLE The First World War)

British Food Policy During the First World War (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Margaret Barnett
July 11, 2016

Because of the exceptionally high proportion of imports in Britain’s food supply and the determined efforts of the enemy to sever the supply lines, efficient management of food resources was an essential element in the British national war effort. This volume was the first comprehensive study of...

Socialism and the Challenge of War (RLE The First World War): Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18

Socialism and the Challenge of War (RLE The First World War): Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18

1st Edition

Jay M. Winter
May 20, 2016

The First World War marks a crucial period in the history of the socialist wing of the British labour movement. This book is an account of the development of the political ideas and activities of some of the most influential British socialist thinkers of that time: Beatrice and Sidney Webb, R. H....

Luxury Fleet: The Imperial German Navy 1888-1918

Luxury Fleet: The Imperial German Navy 1888-1918

1st Edition

Holger H. Herwig
March 11, 2016

Originally published in 1980 ‘Luxury’ Fleet (the phrase was Winston Churchill’s) was the first history of the Imperial German navy from 1888 to 1918. After tracing the historical background to German naval ambitions, the first two sections of the book analyse Admiral Tirpitz’s programme of building...

British Agriculture in the First World War (RLE The First World War)

British Agriculture in the First World War (RLE The First World War)

1st Edition

Peter Dewey
January 21, 2016

This volume comprehensively describes how British farmers coped with the problems of shortage of labour and other factors of production, as well as assessing how well agriculture performed as a supplier of food to the nation. Use of previously neglected records provides much evidence on issues such...

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