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The First World War - The Complete Series

This excellent 10 part documentary is full of original footage - explains why where and how this "war to end all wars" happened


The Armenian Genocide

Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide
by Peter Balakian 

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an excellent addition to the growing body of knowledge on this forgotten genocide

Caravans to Oblivian: The Armenian Genocide, 1915
by G.S. Graber


an excellent account of the "forgotten genocide"

Passage to Ararat by Michael J. Arlen and Mark Blaise

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Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide
by Lorna Touryan Miller


an excellent collection of memoirs of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide

The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict From the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus


a more scholarly detailed study 

Vergeen: A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide


a survivor tale

Revolution and Genocide: On the Origins of the Armenian Genocide
by Robert Melson


 a study which examines these genocides as a part of revolution and war

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Paris 1919:
Six Months that Changed the World

by Margaret Macmillan

Virtually all historians agree that the Versailles Peace Conference was a monumental failure that set the stage for the outbreak of World War II. However, there is no consensus regarding the causes of that failure. Macmillan studies in depth the conference and its failure.

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The Great War 1914-1918
by Spencer Tucker

An excellent overview of World War I.

The Pity of  War
by Niall Ferguson

A controversial work which asserts that Britain's response to Germany turned a small war into a world war.

The First World War
by John Keegan  

A a comprehensive account of World War I by the noted historian - a military history approach


The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War 
by Hew Strachan

Nearly two dozen essays on a range of subjects, including the military strategies of the Allies and the Central Powers, the war at sea, economic mobilization, politics on the home front, and the peace settlement.


An Illustrated History of the First World War
by John Keegan 

The many photographs taken during World War I aid in understanding this puzzling war which changed forever the idea of war


Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I 
by John Ellis

This book tells the story of the everyday life of the soldier in the trenches. The title of the book comes from the poet Ezra Pound, who wrote an epitaph for the soldiers who survived and died on the mud caked battlefields.

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The Great War and the Twentieth Century
edited by Jay Winter 

An anthology of essays dealing with issues still surrounding the Great War.


Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A History of World War I in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There
by Max Arthur

An excellent collection of personal accounts of World War I. "The testimonies are vivid and many are compelling. They are gruesome and dark in places, with no holds barred when it comes to describing wounds and horrors at the front ... everyone who loves oral history will enjoy the often harrowing accounts contained in this book."--History Today


The Road to Verdun: Nationalism and the Folly of World War I's Most Momentous Battle 
by Ian Ousby

This ten-month struggle over a few kilometers of land still has the power to astound us. The Battle of Verdun took a quarter of a million French and German lives and achieved nothing. The willingness of generals to send human fodder against entrenched machine guns was as barbaric as it was futile.


The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War I: Over 280 First-Hand Accounts of the War to End All Wars
by John Lewis

A wealth of primary source first hand accounts of World War I



 The Great Influenza:
The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History

by John M. Barry

The flu epidemic killed 40 million people on the heels of the great devastation of World War I. This best-selling and critically acclaimed book tells the fascinating story.

World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others (Unabridged) 
ed. by Candace Ward

World War I poetry is some of the most moving in Western literature




Critically acclaimed film about the ill-fated Gallipoli invasion. Directed by Peter Weir, starring Mel Gibson. An excellent film.

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All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Remarque


Perhaps the best anti-war novel ever written - important reading for an understanding of this and every other war. The book was banned by Adolph Hitler because of its realistic portrayal of a war that Germany lost.

The Guns of August
by  Barbara Tuchman


A classic treatment of the opening days of the first world war.

The Collected Poetry of Wilfred Owen


Perhaps the greatest of the World War I poets

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