The First World War: the essential guide to sources in the UK National Archives

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Public Record Office, 2002 - History - 288 pages
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No serious historian or enthusiast working on the First World War can afford to be without this major reference work. The National Archives, the archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom - holds the most comprehensive and important collection of official documentary records relating to Britain's involvement in the war. Here, for the first time, within thematically arranged sections, this wealth of material is systematically listed and explained. Sources of every conceivable aspect of the war are covered, from government decision making and the military conduct of the war in all arenas to home front issues such as food supply and the management of morale. Some generally unknown or unused records are detailed here for the first time and cover topics such as attitudes to the conflict in British universities, war finance and labour. The thematic arrangement also reveals at a glance all the details available for key areas such as gas warfare, military intelligence, the role of women and strategic bombing. This new guide is the essential launchpad for more in depth study as well as a goldmine of fascinating information for anyone interested in wartime history. It is an indispensable companion to the official sources of the First World War, the most comprehensive, authoritative and up to date guide on the market.

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The Higher Direction of the War
War Strategy and International Politics
Dominions and Colonies

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About the author (2002)

Ian F.W. Beckett is currently Professor of History at University College, Northampton, and has formerly taught at Sandhurst and in the United States. His publications include The Oxford History of the British Army and The Great War 1914-1918. In 2002, for The National Archives, he published The First World War: The Essential Guide to Sources in the UK National Archives.

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