This captivating collection of first-hand accounts brings to life the War to End All Wars.
Personal Perspectives: World War I offers a unique and unprecedented view of the Great War through the experiences of its participants--people of all ranks and races. Focusing on 12 major groups, essays by top international scholars put readers directly into the lives of victims of gas attacks, women factory workers, African American soldiers, pacifists, medical personnel, and other groups both on the battlefield and home front.
Of interest to both students and nonexperts, the work tells the stories of soldiers who suffered in the trenches, U-boat and anti-U-boat personnel, German Americans in the United States, and women activists like Florence Jaffrey Harriman. Through the perspectives of commanders, captives, civilians, and social workers, readers will learn why British soldiers in the Netherlands were called maiden robbers, how the YMCA set up huts to care for prisoners in POW camps, and how efforts to entertain U.S. troops led to the the largest theatrical enterprise in history.
- Twelve essays by international scholars explain the myriad ways in which different groups experienced World War I
- A set of unique perspectives describes the experiences of smaller groups, including shock troops and victims of gas attacks
- Each essay begins with a historical overview that provides context for the experiences of individuals
- A detailed chronology marks key events during the war including the sinking of the Lusitania, the Ottoman extermination of Armenians, and the murder of Rasputin
- Each essay includes an extensive bibliography emphasizing works in social history and listing additional resources for further exploration