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Make Your Own List. Interview by Sophie Roell. It's been years since World War I ended, but there is still very little consensus about what caused it, or what its consequences were. Historian Jonathan Boff talks us through the latest books and best modern interpretations of World War I. With a hundred years of perspective and lots of historical research done, can we now say what World War I was about?
From the outbreak of a second world war just twenty years later to the Balkan conflicts of the s and the current perilous state of Turkish Democracy, the smoldering ashes of WWI have ignited time and time again. World War One was 'the war to end all wars,' and no book encapsulates that better than Gilbert's sprawling epic. This was the war that brought us new weapons of death; transitioning human battle from 19th century tactics including cavalry and riflemen, to those of the 20th century - namely tank and germ warfare. World War One was also a war of stagnation. The two sides fought bloody, horrific battles for months, sometimes conquering only a few meters of mud. The submarines, tanks, rapid-fire machine guns and artillery left millions dead or injured on the battlefield, and epitomized WWI as the turning point of modern military conflict.
The First World War
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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of , an armistice between Allied forces and Germany put an end to the fighting of what was then referred to as the Great War. In , an act of Congress made the day a legal holiday, and by , that act was amended to create Veterans Day, to honor American veterans of all wars. Journalist Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars , an account of World War I from the perspective of both hawks and doves in Great Britain, provides his picks of books to read to better understand the conflict. Of the 84 British regiments that fought in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey in and , the Lancashire Fusiliers from Bury, in northern England, suffered the most casualties. The regiment lost 13, men in the war—1, in Gallipoli alone. For journalist Geoffrey Moorhouse, the subject hit close to home.