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First World War

Course guide for History 3598, "The First World War and the Making of Modern Europe".

Primary Sources for the First World War

Government-related documents

Paris Peace Conference. Deliberations of the Council of Four (March 24-June 28, 1919), 2 vols. Trans. and ed. by Arthur S. Link. Princeton, 1992.

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace -- Sources

World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history -- Sources

Robertson, William Robert. Military correspondence of Field-Marshal Sir William Robertson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, December 1915- February 1918. Edited by David R. Woodward. London: Bodley Head for the Army Records Society, 1989.

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Sources.

Great Britain. Foreign Office. British Documents on the Origins of the War, 1898-1914, 11 vols. Edited by

G.P. Gooch and Harold Temperley. London: H.M.S.O., 1926-1938. (Olin Level 3: D505 G68)

Documents and statements relating to peace proposals & war aims (December 1916-November 1918). Introduction by G. Lowes Dickinson. London: G. Allen & Unwin; New York: Macmillan, 1919. (Electronic version)

Humphries, Mark Osborne, ed. Germany’s Western Front: 1914: Translations From the German Official History of the Great War (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013) part 1 and part 2

Miscellaneous documentary collections

War, Peace and Social Change -- Europe c.1900-c.1955: documents. [vol. 1: 1900-1929] Edited by Arthur Marwick and Wendy Simpson. Open University Press, 1990.

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes -- Sources

World War, 1914-1918 -- Influence -- Sources

Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Sources

Cardinal, Agnès, Goldman, Dorothy and Hattaway, Judith, eds. Women's Writing on the First World War (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- Literary collections.

Shevin-Coetzee, Marilyn and Coetzee, Frans, eds. Empires, Soldiers, and Citizens: a World War I sourcebook 2nd ed. (Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Sources.

Lutz, Ralph Haswell, ed. Fall of the German Empire, 1914-1918, 2 vols. (Stanford University, 1932).

Related subject headings:

Germany -- History -- William II, 1888-1918 -- Sources.

Germany -- History -- Revolution, 1918 -- Sources.

Germany -- Politics and government -- 1888-1918.

The Third International, the Russian Revolution, and the new Soviet government

Bunyan, James. The Bolshevik revolution, 1917-1918: documents and materials. Compiled by James Bunyan and H.H. Fisher. Stanford University, 1934.

Related subject headings:

Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Sources

Gankin, Olga Hess, and Fisher, H. H. The Bolsheviks and the World War; The origin of the Third International (Stanford University, CA: Stanford University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1940) or the 1960 reprint with a few corrections

Golder, Frank Alfred, ed. Documents of Russian History, 1914-1917 (New York & London: Century, 1927). [Note: "The material for this book is taken from various places, but largely from two newspapers, Das Reich and the Izvestiia."—Pref.]

Related subject headings:

Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936 – Sources

Personal Narratives

Cooper, Matthew. We Who Knew: the journal of a subaltern during the Great War. Edited by A.M. Cooper. Sussex, England: The Book Guild, 1994.

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British.

Dungan, Myles. Irish Voices from the Great War. Irish Academic Press, 1995. [Note: “Drawing on the diaries, letters, literary works and oral accounts of soldiers, it tells some of the personal stories of what Irishmen, unionist and nationalist, went through during the Great War . . ."—from book jacket] [Electronic version]

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Irish

Housman, Laurence, ed. War Letters of Fallen Englishmen (Philadelphia, PA: Pine St. Books, 2002).

Related subject headings:

Soldiers' writings, English.

Haig, Douglas. Douglas Haig: war diaries and letters, 1914-1918. Edited by Gary Sheffield and John Bourne. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.

Brown, Malcolm, ed. The Imperial War Museum Book of the First World War: a great conflict recalled in previously unpublished letters, diaries, documents and memoirs (University of Oklahoma Press, 1993).

Indian Voices of the Great War: solders' letters, 1914-18 (Macmillan, 1999).

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Indian.

Witkop, Philipp, 1880-1942, ed. German Students' War Letters. Wedd, A. F., trans. (London: Methuen, 1929).

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, German.

Lee, Janet. War Girls: the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in the First World War (Manchester University Press, 2005)

Related subject headings:

Nurses -- Great Britain -- Personal Narratives.

Ölçen, Mehmet Arif. Vetluga Memoir: a Turkish prisoner of war in Russia, 1916-1918 (University Press of Florida, 1995) [Electronic version]

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Turkish

Rommel, Erwin. Infantry Attacks. Intro. by Manfred Rommel. London: Greenhill Books, 1990.

Ross, Ishobel. The Little Grey Partridge: First World War diary of Ishobel Ross who served with the Scottish Women's Hospital Unit in Serbia (Aberdeen University, 1988)

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Scottish

Stark, Rudolf. Wings of War: A German airman's diary of the last year of the Great War. Claud W. Sykes, transl. (London: Greenhill, 1988).

Related subject headings:

Air pilots -- Germany -- Diaries

Stephen, Rosamond. An Englishwoman in Belfast: Rosamond Stephen's Record of the Great War. Walsh, Oonagh, ed. (Cork University Press, 2000).

Triska, Jan F. The Great War's forgotten Front: a soldier's diary and a son's reflections (University Press, 1998)

Related subject headings:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Czech.

Microfilm Collections

Women's Suffrage and Government Control, 1906-1922: Papers from the Cabinet, Home Office and Metropolitan Police Files in the Public Record Office (CAB 41, HO 45, HO 144, MEPO 2 and MEPO 3) [Collection Guide]

Knox, Alfred William Fortescue. With the Russian army, 1914-1917, being chiefly extracts from the diary of a military attaché (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1921).


Henri Barbusse, Under Fire - eBook or print

Louise Barthas, Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal L.B., Barrelmaker - eBook

Maria Bochkareva, Yashka: My Life as Peasant, Officer, and Exile - eBook or print

Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth - 1933 or 1957 print editions

Lady Randolph Churchill, Women's War Work - print

Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That - MOBIUS

Martha Hanna, Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War - eBook or print

C. W. Hutt, The Future of the Disabled Soldier - Hathi Trust

Ernst Jünger, The Storm of Steel (MOBIUS) or Copse 125 (MOBIUS)

J. H. Morgan, German Atrocities: An Official Investigation - MOBIUS print or Hathi Trust eBook

Erwin Rommel, Attacks - print

Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of George Sherston or Memoirs of an Infantry Officer - print

Helen Zenna Smith, Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War - MOBIUS

E. E. Southard, Shell-Shock and Other Neuropsychiatric Problems - print or Hathi Trust ebook

Rudolf Stark, Wings of War: A German Airman's Diary of the Last Year of the War - print 

Richard Stumpf, War, Mutiny and Revolution in the German Navy - print

Helena Swanwick, The War In Its Effect Upon Women - MOBIUS

Rebecca West, Return of the Soldier - print