World War I History Reading List

World War I Surveys Study Group Reading List

  1. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer
  2. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 
  3. The World Remade: America in World War I by G.J. Meyer
  4. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson
  5. The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922 by Edmond Taylor
  6. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  7. The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin
  8. Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David M. Kennedy
  9. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 – 1921 by Laura Engelstein
  10. The First World War by John Keegan
  11. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred J. Rieber
  12. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan and Richard Holbrooke
  13. The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
  14. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth
  15. The Young Turks’ Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire by Taner Akcam
  16. “With the Help of God and a Few Marines”: The Battles of Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood by Albertus W. Catlin
  17. Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 by Prit Buttar
  18. Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 by Prit Buttar
  19. Russia’s Last Gasp: The Eastern Front 1916–17 by Prit Buttar
  20. The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917–21 by Prit Buttar
  21. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands by Omer Bartov and Eric D. Weitz
  22. The Indian Army on the Western Front: India’s Expeditionary Force to France and Belgium in the First World War by George Morton-Jack
  23. African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918 by Robert Gaudi
  24. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
  25. The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven

Some other books about World War I we may decide to read are:

  1. The First World War by John Keegan
  2. The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin
  3. A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948 by James Barr
  4. The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
  5. Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 by Prit Buttar
  6. Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 by Prit Buttar
  7. Russia’s Last Gasp: The Eastern Front 1916–17 by Prit Buttar
  8. The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917–21 by Prit Buttar
  9. Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark and The Habsburg Empire by Pieter M. Judson
  10. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred J. Rieber
  11. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman and The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman
  12. First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I by Matthew J. Davenport
  13. Trench: A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front by Stephen Bull
  14. African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918 by Robert Gaudi
  15. They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide by Ronald Grigor Suny
  16. The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven and The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
  17. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands by Omer Bartov and Eric D. Weitz
  18. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan
  19. The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War by Peter Hart
  20. Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 by E. R. Hooton
  21. July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
  22. The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
  23. Wilson by A. Scott Berg
  24. Britain and the Origins of the First World War by Zara S. Steiner smf Keith Neilson
  25. The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin
  26. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912 by Donald Keeneand Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
  27. The Eastern Front 1914-1917 by Norman Stone
  28. The Rocky Road to the Great War by Nicholas Murray
  29. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
  30. Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen by Christopher Capozzola
  31. The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922 by Edmond Taylor
  32. 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
  33. 1914: The Year the World Ended by Paul Ham
  34. West Point 1915 by Michael E. Haskew
  35. 1916: A Global History by Keith Jeffery
  36. March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution by Will Englund
  37. Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata
  38. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan and Richard Holbrooke
  39. “With the Help of God and a Few Marines”: The Battles of Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood by Albertus W. Catlin
  40. The Somme by Peter Hart and Nigel Steel and Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I by John Mosier
  41. The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949 by S. C. M. Paine
  42. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I by Miranda Carter
  43. Fall of Eagles: The Evolution of Air Warfare in World War One by Alex Revell
  44. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
  45. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Books for those just starting to study World War I

  1. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War – by G. J. Meyer
  2. The World Remade: America in World War I by G.J. Meyer
  3. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  4. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson
  5. The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
  6. The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922 by Edmond Taylor
  7. The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven
  8. The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin

General Books on World War I

  1. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War – by G. J. Meyer
  2. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  3. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson
  4. The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
  5. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I by Chris Bishop
  6. American Heritage History Of World War 1
  7. Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David M. Kennedy
  8. Germany and Propaganda in World War I: Pacifism, Mobilization and Total War by David Welch
  9. The Guns of August – by Barbara Tuchman
  10. The Millionaires’ Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power by Marc Wortman
  11. Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America’s Entry into World War I by Justus D. Doenecke
  12. The First World War – by John Keegan
  13. Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War I by Erik Kirschbaum
  14. World War I: The Definitive Visual History by R.G. Grant
  15. Passchendaele: The Lost Victory of World War I by Nick Lloyd
  16. Empires at War: 1911-1923 (The Greater War) by Robert Gerwarth (Editor), Erez Manela (Editor)
  17. Naval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines, and ASW Weapons of All Nations by Norman Friedman
  18. Invasion 1914: The Schlieffen Plan to the Marne – by Ian Senior
  19. A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire – by Geoffrey Wawro
  20. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War – by Max Hastings
  21. July 1914: Countdown to War – by Sean McMeekin
  22. The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War by Samuel Hynes
  23. The Pity of War – by Niall Ferguson
  24. The Eastern Front – by Norman Stone
  25. The Eastern Front 1914-1920 by Michael Neiberg
  26. The War That Ended Peace – by Margaret MacMillan
  27. The War to End All Wars – by Edward Coffman
  28. The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History by A. T. Mahan
  29. Doughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience by Edward A. Gutièrrez
  30. Three Armies at the Somme – by William Philpott
  31. Verdun – by John Mosier
  32. To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw
  33. 1914 – by Paul Ham
  34. World War 1 – by Martin Gilbert
  35. The Doughboys: America and the First World War by Gary Mead
  36. The World Crisis, 1911-1918 by Winston S. Churchill
  37. July Crisis – by T.G. Otte
  38. Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War 1 – by Geoffrey Wawro
  39. The Month That Changed The World – by Gordon Martel
  40. Fascination and Enmity: Russia and Germany as Entangled Histories, 1914?-1945 by Michael David-Fox
  41. Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945 by R. J. B. Bosworth
  42. Woodrow Wilson by Scott Berg
  43. Woodrow Wilson by John Cooper
  44. Loyalty in Time of Trial: The African American Experience During World War I by Nina Mjagkij
  45. The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949 by S. C. M. Paine
  46. Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945 by Edward J. Drea
  47. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
  48. Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David M. Kennedy
  49. A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare by Diana Preston
  50. The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War by Peter Hart
  51. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan
  52. Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany by Isabel V. Hull
  53. Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillian
  54. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
  55. The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics, and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924 by Gerald D. Feldman
  56. The Blood of Our Sons: Men, Women, and the Renegotiation of British Citizenship During the Great War by Nicoletta F. Gullace
  57. Women’s Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War by Susan R. Grayzel
  58. Command and Control on the Western Front: The British Army’s Experience 1914–18 by Gary Sheffield (Editor), Dan Todman (Editor)
  59. Doughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience by Edward A. Gutièrrez
  60. Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914 by Dennis Showalter
  61. The Economics of World War I by Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison (Editors)
  62. Financing the First World War by Hew Strachan
  63. The Plan That Broke the World: The “Schlieffen Plan” and World War I by William D. O’Neil
  64. The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin
  65. War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott
  66. The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare to 1914 by Nicholas Murray
  67. The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 by David R. Stone
  68. Ten Days in August: The Siege of Liège 1914 by Terence Zuber
  69. Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I by Nick Lloyd
  70. Machine-Guns And The Great War By Paul Cornish
  71. The Romanian Battlefront in World War I by Glenn E. Torrey
  72. Prelude to Blitzkrieg: The 1916 Austro-German Campaign in Romania by Michael B. Barrett
  73. The Illusion Of Victory: America In World War 1 by Thomas Fleming
  74. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
  75. Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 by John Baxter
  76. 1916: A Global History by Keith Jeffery
  77. The Battle of Jutland by Holloway H. Frost

WORLD WAR I HISTORICAL ATLASES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

WORLD WAR 1 BACKGROUND AND AFTERMATH BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Note: Some books obviously cover more than the background to the war)

  1. The Proud Tower – by Barbara Tuchman
  2. For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus by Frederick Brown
  3. The General and the Jaguar: Pershing’s Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution & Revenge by Eileen Welsome
  4. Pancho Villa and Black Jack Pershing: The Punitive Expedition in Mexico by James W. Hurst
  5. Britain and the Origins of the First World War by Zara S. Steiner and Keith Neilson
  6. The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin
  7. Empires at War: 1911-1923 (The Greater War) by Robert Gerwarth (Editor), Erez Manela (Editor)
  8. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred Rieber
  9. Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. Schorske
  10. For God and Kaiser: The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918 by Richard Bassett
  11. The Boxer Rebellion – by David Silbey
  12. A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey
  13. Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars – by E.R. Hooton
  14. The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy by S. C. M. Paine
  15. Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945 by R. J. B. Bosworth
  16. 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
  17. The Road to War by Richard Overy
  18. The Habsburgs by Andrew Wheatcroft
  19. The Nineteenth Century: Europe 1789-1914 by T. C. W. Blanning (Editor)
  20. The German Urban Experience: Modernity and Crisis, 1900-1945 by Anthony McElligott
  21. Fascination and Enmity: Russia and Germany as Entangled Histories, 1914?-1945 by Michael David-Fox
  22. The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
  23. White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War 1919-20 by Norman Davies
  24. Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945 by Edward J. Drea
  25. History of Japan, 660 BC to 1872 AD by William Elliot Griffis
  26. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes
  27. A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
  28. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred Rieber
  29. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands by Omer Bartov and Eric D. Weitz (Editors)
  30. Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War by Mary McAuliffe

NATIONAL FORMATION AND IMPERIAL GERMANY BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century by Helmut Walser Smith
  2. Shattered Past: Reconstructing German Histories by Konrad H. Jarausch
  3. The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany by David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley
  4. History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century by David Blackbourn
  5. Frederick the Great by Nancy Mitford
  6. Imperial Germany – by James Retallack
  7. Imperial Germany 1871-1918 by Volker Rolf Berghahn
  8. Imperial Germany 1867-1918: Politics, Culture, and Society in an Authoritarian State by Wolfgang J. Mommsen
  9. A History of Prussia by H.W Koch
  10. The Vanished Kingdom: Travels Through The History Of Prussia by James Charles Roy
  11. Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark
  12. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  13. Bismarck and the German Empire by Erich Eyck
  14. Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg