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World War I: An Annotated Bibliography

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Albertini, Luigi. The Origins of the War of 1914. -- Translated and edited by Isabella M. Massy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.

LC Call Number: D511.A5713 Alc

Describes significant events in Europe before World War I.


American Armies and Battlefields in Europe. -- Washington, DC: U.S. Army, Center of Military History, 1992.

LC Call Number: D528.A44 Alc

Discusses the major U.S. combat actions in the war. Includes numerous photographs and maps.


Bayliss, Gwyn M. Bibliographic Guide to the Two World Wars. -- London and New York: Bowker, 1977.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 B39 Alc

An extensive bibliography comprising sections for guides, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, periodicals, directories, biographies, and organizations. There are also author, title, and subject indexes.


Benns, Frank Lee. Europe, 1914-1939. -- New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1965.

LC Call Number: D720.B4 Alc

Discusses political problems resulting from World War I and relates them to World War II.


Bent, Christine, ed. New York Times Book of World War I. -- New York: Arno Press, 1980.

LC Call Number: D505.N73 Alc

Articles from the New York Times about the conflict are arranged in alphabetical order.


Bruce, Anthony. An Illustrated Companion to the First World War. -- London: Penguin, 1989.

LC Call Number: D510.B78 Alc

Selected people, places, and events of the war are discussed in alphabetical order.


Burg, David. Almanac of World War I. -- Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.

LC Call Number: D510.B78 Alc

Presents a chronological summary of significant events and biographies of selected leaders.


Ellis, John and Michael Cox. The World War I Databook. -- London: Aurum Press, 2001.

LC Call Number: D523.E44 Alc

Subject-oriented maps and tables provide a useful compilation of facts and statistics.


Enser, Alfred George. A Subject Bibliography of the First World War. -- Aldershot, England: Gower Publishing Co., 1990.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 E58 Alc

All sources cited were published between 1914 and 1987. They include both fiction and non-fiction books, magazine articles, poems, and diaries. All entries are arranged by subject headings that are listed in the author and subject indexes.


Evans, Martin Marix. American Voices of World War I. -- Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.

LC Call Number: D570.9 A57 Alc

Chronicles the everyday experiences of soldiers from enlistment to the trenches in France.


Frothingham, Thomas. The Naval History of the World War. -- Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1925.

LC Call Number: D580.F75 Alc

Analyzes naval strategies, including submarine warfare, for the Central and Allied powers.


Geiss, Imanuel. July 1914: The Outbreak of the First World War. -- London: Batsford, 1965.

LC Call Number: D505.G2513 Alc

Diplomatic messages reveal the positions of world leaders leading up to the outbreak of war.


Gray, Randal.Chronicle of the First World War. -- New York: Facts on File, 1990.

LC Call Number: D523.G634 Alc

Source has a detailed chronology of the war, statistics, and an index of people and events.


Herman, Gerald. The Pivotal Conflict. -- New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

LC Call Number: D522.5 H43 Alc

This is another excellent chronology focusing on diplomatic and military affairs, 1914-1917.


Haythornthwaite, Philip J. The World War One Source Book. -- London: Arms and Armour Press, 1993.

LC Call Number: D521.H36 Alc

The two largest sections of this work are comprised of summaries of Allied and Central military operations and country studies. There is additional coverage of weapons, statistics, and recommended reading.


Heyman, Neil M. Daily Life During World War I. -- Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

LC Call Number: D521.H427 Alc

Portrays the lives of soldiers, prisoners, and civilians on the battlefield and in the cities of Europe and the United States.


Hogg, Ian V. Historical Dictionary of World War I. -- Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

LC Call Number: D510.H65 Alc

People, places, military terms, and summaries of battles are listed in alphabetical order.


Martin, Lawrence. The Treaties of Peace, 1919-1923. -- 2 volumes. New York: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1924.

LC Call Number: D643.A2 Alc

A comprehensive collection of the treaties agreed to by all participants in World War I.


Maurer, M. The U.S. Air Service in World War I. -- 4 volumes. Washington, DC: The Office of Air Force History, 1979.

LC Call Number: D606.U54 Alc

A comprehensive history of the Air Corps and its actions in combat.


Noffsinger, James Philip. World War I Aviation: A Bibliography of Books in English, French, German and Italian.-- Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 N64 Alc

Lists books and government reports published in four languages between 1914 and 1996, with annotations for selected sources. A price list provides a guide to the value of 909 titles, based on the listings in seventy five used book catalogs.


Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War. -- 3 volumes. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1931-1949.

LC Call Number: D570.O73 Alc

Provides a comprehensive listing of all U.S. Army units stationed in the United States and foreign countries during the war. There is detailed information about organizations by unit and function, including infantry, armor, air, chemical, transportation, service, and medical corps.


Pope, Stephen. The Dictionary of the First World War. -- New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

LC Call Number: D510.P66 Alc

This work is divided into three sections: biographical information about and identity of significant people, places and events; a chronology; and a list of maps.


Purves, Alec A. The Medals, Decorations and Orders of the Great War. -- Polstead, Suffolk: J.B. Hayward, 1989.

LC Call Number: D503.P87 Alc

Includes selected awards from all of the countries involved in the war.


Robertson, Bruce, ed. The Aces of the 1914-1918 War. -- Letchworth, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1959.

LC Call Number: D600.R6 Alc

Provides photographs and unit information for the best pilots of eight air forces.


Rogers, Les. British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War I. -- Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2001.

LC Call Number: D602.R55 Alc

Black-and-white photographs display the markings of each of the British air squadrons.


Schaffer, Ronald. The United States in World War I. -- Santa Barbara, CA: American Bibliographic Center and Clio Press, 1978.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 S3 Alc

The 2,916 entries in this book provide readers with coverage of a wide range of subjects including the homefront, intelligence, diplomacy, unit histories, significant events in foreign nations, reports on battles, and personal accounts of the war. Includes an author index.


Schaefer, Christina K. The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World’s Fighting Men and Volunteers. -- Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1998.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 S29

A guide to archives and libraries whose holdings include historical references, military records, unit histories, and other sources for more than twenty-three countries.


Scott, Emmett J. Scott’s Official History of the American Negro in the World War. -- New York: Arno Press, 1969.

LC Call Number: D639.N4S3 Alc

Scott discusses the political, military, and social factors that affected African Americans who fought in World War I.


Smith, Myron J., Jr. World War I in the Air: A Bibliography and Chronology. -- Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1977.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 S45 Alc

Includes 2,035 books, newspaper and magazine articles listed in alphabetical order. The author has also provided a chronology of the air war, illustrations of aircraft, and a list of the aces or best pilots, for each of the participating countries.


Tucker, Spencer C. The European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia. -- New York: Garland Publishing, 1996.

LC Call Number: D510.E97 Alc

Biographical information about prominent leaders, and descriptions of selected campaigns in Europe.


Venzon, Anne Cipriano. The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia. -- New York: Garland Publishing, 1995.

LC Call Number: D510.U65 Alc

Part of the series that includes The European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia.


Westwell, Ian. World War I Day by Day. -- Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 2000.

LC Call Number: D522.5 W47 Alc

A selective chronology of the war illustrated in photographs.


Wilson, H. W. The Great War: The Standard History of the All-Europe Conflict. 6 volumes. -- London: Amalgamated Press Limited, 1914.

LC Call Number: D521.G74 Alc

A collection of magazine and news articles covering the war combined with an impressive selection of photographs, prints, and other illustrations. There is no index.


Woodward, David R. and Robert Franklin Maddox. America and World War I: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Sources. -- London and New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1985.

LC Call Number: Z6207.E8 W67 Alc

This bibliography, arranged by subject, has a brief annotation of each one of 2,041 magazine articles, personal narratives, government reports, and historical accounts of World War I. There is an author index.


Young, Peter, ed. The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War I. 12 volumes. -- New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1984.

LC Call Number: D522.5 M39 Alc

Another collection of writings about all aspects of World War I. Volume 12 comprises the index.

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