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This section of World War I Document Archive offers not only commentaries and articles on special topics of the Great War, but entire digitized books as well.

These bibliographies, books, historical analyses, historical opinions and articles are the work of many different historians with varying points of view. Their examinations of issues and events are often based on primary documents but in some cases rely on preference, polemics or interpretation. The webmasters of this website do not vouch or take responsibility for the accuracy of the argumentation presented.

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Texts listed alphabetically by title

L'Allemagne au dessus de tout - la mentalité allemande et la guerre.

by Émile Durkheim.
Paris: A. Colin, 1991.

The Allied Bazaar: For the Relief of the Blinded, Starving and Homeless At the Grand Central Palace, New York -- June 3-14, 1916.

New York: The National Allied Relief Committee; The War Relief Clearing House; The Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1916

Ambassador Morgenthau's Story:by Henry Morgenthau

New York: Doubleday Page, 1918
American Ambassador in Turkey (1913-1916)
See also: A critical commentary by Harry E. Barnes on Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

American Hospital for Italian Wounded: Territorial Hospital N. 10, Italian Red Cross, Committee of Florence.

Florence: American Committee for War Relief in Florence, [1914-1918]

The American Indian in the Great War: Real and Imagined

by Diane Camurat
Master's Thesis, 1996

The American Negro in the World War

by Emmett J. Scott, Special Assistant to the Secretary of War,
ARNO Press, 1919

American Volunteerism in France

by Alan Albright
The development of relief work, in and out of war, 1996

American Volunteers of the Great War

by Alan Albright
Full title: "Notable American Volunteers of the Great War"

American Women and the World War

by Ida Clyde Clarke
New York: Appleton, 1918.

America's Part

by Henry J. Reilly
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corp. 1928.

Amerika und der Weltkrieg, ein amerikanisches Kriegstagebuch.

by Hugo Münsterberg.
Leipzig: J. A. Barth, 1915.

Un Appel des socialistes serbes au monde civilisé

by Douchan Popovitch and J. Katzerlvitch.
Paris: Edition du Comité du Parti Socialiste serbe en France, n.d

Armenia and the War. An Armenian's Point of View with an Appeal to Britain and the Coming Peace Conference

by A.P. Hacobian.
New York, 1918.

Bag linierne: Vejen til sejr bygges

[Behind the Lines: Building a Path to Victory: Danish]
Leeds: Petty and Sons, n.d.

The Basmachi Movement From Within: Account of Zeki Velidi Togan

by HB Paksoy

The Battle of 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele)

by Geoffrey Miller, 1996
Analysis of the battle and part of the Great Haig Debate

The Battle of Third Ypres: A Decisive Victory?

by Gervase Phillips, 1998
Analysis of the battle and part of the Great Haig Debate

The Beast

by J. Cathcart Wason
London: P.S. King & Son, 1916.

Bécassine pendant la guerre

[Bécassine During the War]
Cartoons of J.-P. Pinchon, vaguely reminiscent of Wilhelm Busch and his Max und Moritz
Paris: Gautier et Languereau, 1916

Belgian Soldiers Are Without Tobacco: They Appeal to the American People --
Under War Conditions Smoking is the One Comfort and Solace

London: The Over-Seas Club, [1914-1918]

Belgian Soldiers' Tobacco Fund: Contributed by the American People

London: The Over-Seas Club, [1914-1918]

Billy Bishop

Official Canadian Air Force biography, 1995

Black Hand

by Micheal Shackelford, 1996
The Secret Serbian Terrorist Society

Book of the War: A Concise View of its Causes, Countries Involved, Theaters of Action, Leaders and Chief Events Shown in Parallel Columns and Striking Picture Maps

by Henry W. Ruoff
Boston: Standard Publication Company, 1918.

The Bridge to France

by Edward N. Hurley
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1927.

The British Agent

by R. H. Bruce Lockhart
New York & London: Putnam's Sons, 1933.

The Bryce Report

by Linda Robertson
Regarding the Bryce Commission's findings on German atrocities in Belgium, 1915
The Bryce Report is available in its entirety.

The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Huachuca

by James P. FinleyHuachuca Illustrated, A Magazine of Fort Huachuca Museum,
Volume 1, 1993: Buffalo Soldiers, Punitive Expedition of 1916

The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Huachuca

by James P. FinleyHuachuca Illustrated, A Magazine of Fort Huachuca Museum,
Volume 2 , 1996: Buffalo Soldiers, WWI

Bulletin de la mission laïque Française

Paris: Secrétariat Général de la mission laïque Française, 1917.

Le Camp américain d'Allerey (1918-1919)

by Antonin Guillot
Groupe d'Etudes Historiques de Verdun-sur-le-Doubs. 1999.

Canada at war, a speech delivered by Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Laird Borden in the House of Commons introducing the Military Service Bill, June 11, 1917

by Robert Laird Borden
[Ottawa?], 1919

Cartoons of Bruce Bairnsfather

[Bairnsfather was the British "Bill Mauldin" of World War One]
London: "The Bystander" Tallis House, Whitefriars, & 190, Strand, n.d.
The Bystander's Fragments from France
The Bystander's Fragments from France, vol. IV
Clippings from the Bystander, no. 5
More Fragments from France, vol. II
More Fragments from France, vol. 5
Still More Bystander's Fragments from France, vol. III

The Children's Plight

New York: The Commission for Relief in Belgium, [1914-1918]

China and the World War

by W. Reginald Wheeler
New York: MacMillan, 1919
With official documents in appendix

Christmas [Brantford] Expositor - Special edition newspaper of Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Christmas 1915
Christmas 1916

Christmas Truce 1914: Operation Plum Puddings

A project to document the Christmas Truce.
Includes letters, songs, and other works about this astonishing event.

A Chronology of the Mediation Attempts in July 1914

by Edward Rawes, October 1999

A Collecting List for the Winter Gift (Cigarettes and Tobacco) of the U.S.A. to the Brave Belgian Soldiers (Solicitations)

London: The Over-Seas Club, [1914-1918]

The Commission for Relief in Belgium (Solicitation Pamphlet)

San Francisco: Commission for Relief in Belgium, [1914-1918]

The Commission for Relief in Belgium

(Book in two volumes on the Commission's public relations)
by George I. Gay
Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1929

The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle

New York: The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle, 1917

Concerning Atrocities

by James Peter Warbasse
Woods Hole, Massachusetts: J.P. Warbasse, n.d.

A Conversation with Paul Fussell

Humanities, November/December 1996

The Convicted Out of Her Own Mouth: The Record of German Crimes

New York: George H. Doran, 1917

The Death of Manfred von Richthofen:

Who fired the fatal shot?
by Dr. M. Geoffrey Miller, 1998

Dere Mable

Yankee humor, 1918

The Design Was Not Passed On: L.E. DeMole and the Development of the Tank in World War One

by Ken Wright, 2006

The Destruction of Belgium: Germany's Confession and Avoidance

London: William Heinemann, 1916

La Deuxième Bataille de la Marne

Guides Illustrés Michelin des Champs de Bataille 1914-1918
Paris: Michelin. 1919
- en français -

Dicta Boelcke

by Micheal Shackelford Hauptman Boelcke's "Rules" for making successful fighter pilots. Annotated.

A Dishonoured Army - German Atrocities in France: With Unpublished Records

by J.H. Morgan
London: Spottiswoode & Co., n.d.

Documents de la Section photographique de l'Armée française

Photographic documents of the French Ministry of War's Photography Section.
2 vols.
Paris: Ministère de la guerre, 1917

Economic Aspects of the War

by Edwin J. Clapp
New Haven, 1915.

Les Faits les plus horribles de l'histoire

by Henry Morgenthau
Translated to French from an article in the March 1918 issue of Red Cross Magazine
Paris: Imprimerie M. Flinikowski, 1918

Falsehood in War-Time

by Baron Arthur Ponsonby
New York: Dutton, 1929
(Deals with propaganda as used by all the warring nations.)

Features of the War

by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1919.

Foch à la Marne

par Robert Villate, 1933
La 9e Armée aux Marais de Saint-Gond (6-10 septembre 1914)

"For the Future": Belgium and Northern France

San Francisco, Califormia: Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1916.

Foreign Evidence on the War at the Italian Front, 1915-1918

by Benito Mussolini
Rome: Novissima, [1933?]

Fra forretningsmand til krigsmand: en Britisk soldats uddannelse

[From Businessman to Man of War -- The Training of a British Soldier: Danish]
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, n.d.

Frightfulness in retreat.

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917

Gennem sump og skov: de Britiske felttog i Afrika

Through Swamp and Jungle -- The British Campaign in Africa: Danish
Bristol: Rankin Bros., n.d.

The Geography of the Great War

by Frank M. McMurry
New York: Macmillan, 1920.

German Barbarians: What They Say.

Paris: French War Office, n.d.

Grosser Bilderatlas des Weltkrieges

[Great Illustrated Atlas of the World War]
3 vols. (Munich: Bruckmann, 1915-1919)
Digitized by the University of Wisconsin Madison Libraries.

The Great Adventure of Panama

by Philippe Bunau-Varilla, 1920
The Canal, German intrigue and the Great War

La Guerre illustrée

[The War in Pictures -- March 1918 French ed. of Verdenskrigen i billeder (below)]
London: Illustrated London News & Sketch, 1918.

Haeng I: Britiske kvinders arbejde i krigstid

["Hanging In There" -- British Women's Work in Wartime: Danish]
England: The Mendip Press, n.d.

Haig: The Great Captain

by Gervase Phillips, 1998
A defense of General Haig. Part of the [Great Haig Debate]

Haig: Was He a Great Captain?

by Geoffrey Miller, 1996
An indictment of General Haig. Part of the [Great Haig Debate]

Havenes skildvagt: den Britiske flaades utraettelige vagt

[Naval Watch Illustrated: The Unwavering Vigil of the British Fleet: Danish]
London: Harrison, Jehring and Co., n.d.

L'héroïsme pendant la guerre: portraits de la belle France</i>

by Maurice Talmeyr
Paris: Perrin, 1918.

Hetz-Karikaturen: zur Psychologie der Entente

[Caricatures Designed to Enrage: Toward a Psychology of Entente]
Berlin: Curtius, 1917
- Foreword in German, cartoons in French -

Histoire illustrée de la Guerre de 1914

by Gabriel Hanotaux
(17 volumes)
Paris: Gounouilhou, 1915
Digitized by the University of Wisconsin Madison Libraries.

History of the 105th Regiment of Engineers

Compiled by Willard P. Sullivan and Harry Tucker
New York: George H. Doran, 1919.
Digitized by the North Carolina State Library.

The Hoover Institution Archives' Holdings on World War,


The Imperial Japanese Mission, 1917

Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment, 1918
With texts of documents in appendix

In the Ranks

New York: Sam Gabriel & Co., 1918

Inside Knowledge: API-API and the Netherlands' Mobilization

by Hubert P. van Tuyll, 1997

Ireland---Enemy of the Allies?

by R.C. Escouflaire
New York, 1920
(Translated from the French)

Italy and the World War

by Thomas Nelson Page
[American Ambassador to Italy from 1913 to 1919]
New York, 1920

The Jewish Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps

by Benis M. Frank, 1995
Compared with other Jewish Diaspora Fighting Units between 1853 and 1914-18

Joseph Bédier's "crimes allemands"

by Elis Wadstein
Chicago: A. Kroch & Co., 1916

Kitchener, Organizer of Victory

by Harold Begbie
London, 1915.

The Last Wounded U.S. WWI Veteran Dies at 108

Associated Press, 9 January 2004.

Lithuania: Land of Sorrow and Misery

Chicago: Chicago Central Committee for the Relief of the Lithuanian War Sufferers, [1914-1918]

The Making and Putative Implementation of a British Policy of Gesture, December 1905 to August 1914:
The Anglo-French Entente Revisited

by K.M. Wilson
Originally appeared in Canadian Journal of History
XXXI (August 1996), pp. 227-255.

La Marne (1914) I. L'Ourcq

Guides Illustrés Michelin des Champs de Bataille 1914-1918
Paris: Michelin. 1918.

The Martyrdom of Belgium: Official Report of Massacres of Peaceable Citizens, Women and Children by the German Army

Baltimore: W. Stewart Brown Company, Inc., n.d.

The Microbe-Culture at Bukarest: Discoveries at the German Legation from the Rumanian Official Documents

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917

[Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields: | Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields:]

The Wartime Contribution of Canada's First Peoples by Canadian Veterans Affairs

[The Neutrality of Belgium | The Neutrality of Belgium]

by Alexander Fuehr
New York: Doubleday Page, 1918
A Study of the Belgian Case by a German jurist.

[On the Edge of the Gunpowder Barrel: | On the Edge of the Gunpowder Barrel:]

The Netherlands and the Coming of World War I, 1870-1914
by Hubert P. van Tuyll, 1995

On the Rue Du Bois

Illustrated by Frederick George Scott
London: Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, [1914-1918]

[Pan-Americanism | Pan-Americanism]

by Roland G. Usher
New York, 1915.

[Pan-Germanism | Pan-Germanism]

by Roland G. Usher
New York, 1913

Persecution and Extermination of the Communities of Macri and Livissi

Paris: Imprimerie Chaix, 1919

A Plea for One Million Belgian Children

New York: The Commission for Relief in Belgium, [1914-1918]

Prussian Militarism at Work: A Letter by the Right Rev. Dr. Cleary, Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand

by Henry W. Cleary
London: Barclay & Fry, 1917

The Prussian System

by F.C. Walcott
Washington: United States Food Administration, 1917

Raemaekers' Cartoons

[British propaganda cartoons on the German invasion of Belgium.]
by Louis Raemaekers
(London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1916).

Rapport du Comité Américain de New-York sur les atrocités commises en Arménie

Translated from the English original [Report of the American "Committee on Armenian Atrocities"]
Saint-Merri, Paris: Henri Durville, 1915

Rapport succinct sur l'etat du Palais des Académies apres le départ des Allemands

[Report on the condition of the Belgian Royal Academy buildings after the Germans left Brussels]
Bruxelles: Imprimeur de l'Académie Royale de Belgique, 1919

[Reconstruction and World War I | Reconstruction and World War I]

by Lesley D. Slavitt, 1994

A Reference Handbook on the War

by R.A. Barron
Edmonton: Ministry of Education, 1994

[The Repression of War Experience | The Repression of War Experience]

by W.H.R. Rivers, MD, 1918

Requisitoire contre la Bulgarie

by R.A. Reiss & A. Bonnassieux
[Accusations of Bulgarian Human Rights violations in Serbia]
Paris: Librairie Bernard Grasset, 1919

[The Role of Railways In The War | The Role of Railways In The War]

by Edwin A. Pratt

[Sarajevo, June 28, 1914 | Sarajevo, June 28, 1914]

by Micheal Shackelford, 1997
The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

The Secret Treaties and Understandings

by F. Seymour Cocks
London: Union of Democratic Control, [1918]

[Serbia Through Russian Eyes | Serbia Through Russian Eyes]

from the Soviet Encyclopaedia

[On Special Missions | On Special Missions]

by Charles Lucieto
New York, 1927

[Statesmen of the War in Retrospect | Statesmen of the War in Retrospect]

by William Martin. New York, 1928

[The Static Front | The Static Front]

by Michael J. Crane, Sr., 1989
Why There Was No Breakthrough in World War I on the Western Front

'[The Surafend Affair],'

Chapter XLV, pages 787 to 791, of Volume VII,
The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914 to 1918
by H. S. Gullett

They Are Hungry for Smokes

London: The Over-Seas Club, [1914-1918]

The Tragedy of Armenia

by Henry Morgenthau
London: Spottiswoode & Co., 1918

The Treatment of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 1915 - 1916

by Viscount Bryce
London: 1916.

[The Truth about the Treaty | The Truth about the Treaty]

by André Tardieu, 1921
An explanation of the Treaty by a French High Commissioner

[Union Interalliée | Union Interalliée]

33 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. 1922

[U.S. And Bolshevik Relations With The TBMM Government: 1919-1921 | U.S. And Bolshevik Relations With The TBMM Government: 1919-1921]

by HB Paksoy

[The Vanguard of American Volunteers | The Vanguard of American Volunteers]

by Edwin W. Morse
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1919

Le Vatican et la guerre: notes et commentaires sur 'Le baptême de sang' par l'abbé Daniel</i>

by Léon Prouvost
Saint-Etienne: l'Idée libre, 1919.

Verdenskrigen i billeder
[World War in Pictures: Danish]

Subtitle added June-December 1918: ... fra de allieredes fronter [From the Allied Front]
(London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917-1918)
1917:  October - November - December
1918:   January - February - . . . - May - June - July - August - September - October -
November - December

[La violation de la neutralité belge et luxembourgeoise par l'Allemagne | La violation de la neutralité belge et luxembourgeoise par l'Allemagne]

by André Weiss
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corp. 1928.

[War and the Private Investor | War and the Private Investor]

by Eugene Staley
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1935.

[War Facts and Peace Problems | War Facts and Peace Problems]

by Arthur J. Frothingham
New York: Committee on Organized Education of the National Security League, 1919

[The War Department: | The War Department:] - Keeper of Our Nation's Enemy Aliens During World War I

The Role of the United States War Department on the 'Home Front'
by Mitchel Yockelson, 1998.

[The War of Steel and Gold. A Study of the Armed Peace | The War of Steel and Gold. A Study of the Armed Peace]

by Henry Noel Brailsford
London, 1918 (1914)

The War. Our Sailors and Soldiers: The Chaplain-General's Call for Mid-Day Prayer

by J. Taylor Smith
London: Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, [1914-1918]

Will You Help These Brave Wounded Men?

London: The Over-Seas Club, [1914-1918]


              The Maritime War. Naval action during the Great War.

                A multi-part presentation.


              The Medical Front. All aspects of Medical involvement in the Great War.

                The 'flu, nursing, treatment of wounds and other topics.


              Recommended Reading chosen by members of WWI-L.

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