Britain and a Widening War, 1915-1916

From Gallipoli to the Somme

Peter Liddle

* Thought-provoking introduction to the latest research on the middle years of the Great War

* Brings together work of the many of the leading scholars in the field

* Re-examines the principal battles and campaigns of 1915 and 1916, including Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme and Jutland

* Explores key issues such as leadership and command, valour
Date Published :
August 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
730 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473867178
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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In a series of concise, thought-provoking chapters the authors summarize – and make accessible – the latest scholarship on the middle years of the Great War – 1915 and 1916 – and cover fundamental issues that are rarely explored outside the specialist journals. Their work is an important contribution to advancing understanding of Britain’s role in the war, and it will be essential reading for anyone who is keen to keep up with the fresh research and original interpretation that is transforming our insight into the impact of the global conflict.

The principal battles and campaigns are reconsidered from a new perspective, but so are more general topics such as military leadership, the discord between Britain’s politicians and generals, conscientious objection and the part played by the Indian Army. The longer-term effects of the war are also considered – facial reconstruction, developments in communication, female support for men on active service, grief and bereavement, the challenge to religious belief, battlefield art, and the surviving vestiges of the war.

Peter Liddle and his fellow contributors have compiled a volume that will come to be seen as a landmark in the field.


Andrew Bamji
Clive Barrett
Nick Bosanquet
James Cooke
Emily Glass
Graeme Gooday
Adrian Gregory
Andrea Hetherington
Robert Johnson
Spencer Jones
Peter Liddle
Juliet Macdonald
Jessica Meyer
David Millichope
NS Nash
William Philpott
James Pugh
Duncan Redford
Nicholas Saunders
Gary Sheffield
Jack Sheldon
John Spencer
Kapil Subramanian

About The Author

Dr Peter Liddle is a leading historian of the First World War and has concentrated on the personal experience of the men and women who took part. He founded the Liddle Collection, a repository of documents and memorabilia connected to the conflict, which is housed in the Brotherton Library, the University of Leeds. His many books include Captured Memories 1900-1918, Captured Memories 1930-1945, The Soldiers War 1914-1918, The Gallipoli Experience Reconsidered, The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered and, as editor, Facing Armageddon, Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War.

Contributors: Holger Afflerbach, Phylomena Badsey, Niall Barr, Chris Bellamy, Nick Bosanquet, Peter Burness, George Cassar, Tim Cook, Irene Guerrini, Clive Harris, Kate Kennedy, Ross Kennedy, William Philpott, Marco Pluviano, Chris Pugsley, Duncan Redford, Matthew Richardson, Alan Sharp, Yigal Sheffy, Jack Sheldon, Edward Spiers, David Welch, Ian Whitehead

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