Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of the First World War offers a history of the war from a predominantly political angle and concerns itself with the story of the state. It explores the multifaceted history of state power and highlights the ways in which different political systems responded to, and were deformed by, the near-unbearable pressures of war. Every state involved faced issues of military-civilian relations, parliamentary reviews of military policy, and the growth of war economies; and yet their particular form and significance varied in every national case. Written by a global team of historical experts, this volume sets new standards in the political history of the waging of war in an authoritative new narrative which addresses problems of logistics, morale, innovation in tactics and weapons systems, the use and abuse of science; all of which were ubiquitous during the conflict.
About the Author
Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University. He came to Yale from Cambridge where he took his doctorate and where he taught history from 1979 to 2001 and was a Fellow of Pembroke College. He is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995); Remembering War (2006) and Dreams of Peace and Freedom (2006). In 1997, he received an Emmy award for the best documentary series of the year as co-producer and co-writer of 'The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century', an eight-hour series broadcast on PBS and the BBC, and shown subsequently in 28 countries. He is one of the founders of the Historial de la grande guerre, the international museum of the Great War, in Péronne, Somme, France. His biography of René Cassin, written with Antoine Prost, published by Fayard in French in 2011, will appear in an English edition in 2013, published by Cambridge University Press.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Volume 2 Jay Winter; Part I. Political Power: Introduction to Part I Jean-Jacques Becker and Gerd Krumeich; 1. Heads of state and government Jean-Jacques Becker; 2. Parliaments Dittmar Dahlmann; 3. Diplomats David Stevenson; 4. Civil-military relations Stig Forster; 5. Revolution Richard Bessel; Part II. Armed Forces: Introduction to Part II Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Heather Jones; 6. Combat and tactics Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau; 7. Morale Alexander Watson; 8. Mutiny Len Smith; 9. Logistics Ian Brown; 10. Technology and armaments Frédéric Guelton; 11. Prisoners of war Heather Jones; Part III. The Sinews of War: Introduction to Part III Jay Winter and John Horne; 12. War Economies Barry Supple; 13. Workers Antoine Prost; 14. Cities Stefan Goebel; 15. Agrarian society Benjamin Ziemann; 16. Finance Hans-Peter Ullmann; 17. Scientists Roy Macleod; 18. Blockade and economic warfare Alan Kramer; Part IV. The Search for Peace: Introduction to Part IV Gerd Krumeich; 19. Diplomacy Georges-Henri Soutou; 20. Neutrality Samuel Kruizinga; 21. Pacifism Martin Ceadel; 22. Drafting the peace Helmut Konrad; 23. The wars after the war Robert Gerwarth; 24. Visual essay: the State Arndt Weinrich.