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Britain and Victory in the Great War (ePub)

Military P&S History > British History WWI

By Peter Liddle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 20.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 374
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781473891630
Published: 18th June 2018


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How can we begin to make sense of the Great War now that over 100 years have passed since it ended with the defeat of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman empire and Bulgaria, and the collapse of Tsarist Russia? The conflict had such a profound influence on world history that is it difficult to reconcile the different perspectives and draw clear conclusions. That is why this thought-provoking collection of original essays on the outcome of the war and its aftermath is of such value.

It completes the trilogy of ground-breaking volumes conceived and edited by Peter Liddle which presents the latest scholarly thinking about the Great War from an international perspective. The first two volumes – Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War – made this stimulating new writing accessible to a broad readership and this final volume has the same aim.

A group of over twenty expert contributors reconsider the military reasons for the outcome of the fighting and look at the consequences for the principal nations involved. They explore the way the war and the peace settlement shaped the twentieth century and had an enduring impact within Europe and beyond.

Peter Liddle's editorship offers cogent and authoritative perspectives, events, actions and people in 1918. A historical feast of delights.

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

The editor will be very well known to all students of the First World War and his latest work comprises 20 stand alone chapters which seek to provide a fresh, to a large extent revisionist, and thought provoking perspective on various aspects of how and why the War was won. The essays cover a very broad canvas and include such as the Commonwealth and Allies contributions, observations on the German defeat, the impact of the War on British identity, women and the War, War poets, the impact of the War on society and even on battlefield tourism by well known tour guide Clive Harris of Battle Honours Tours. Each chapter or essay had been written by a different author, some well known others less so, all established in their field and being drawn from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, America, Germany, Italy and Israel and the UK an international perspective is achieved. The individual essays are obviously written in the differing styles of the authors, are mostly packed with fascinating detail and they certainly stand alone and provide a helpful if, in some cases, potentially controversial overview of the subject matter. Highly recommended.

Military Historical Society

The various authors move beyond the orthodox accounts and break some new ground. In all, it is a worthy edition to your personal library that will surprise you with what you didn't know.

Saber & Scroll Historical Society

Peter Liddle, compiler and editor of this themed essay collection, uses a slightly provocative title to remind us that Britain fought in a coalition and was not always the senior partner.

A very though provoking book.

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

This book is essential reading for anybody researching into or writing about WW1 and will be rewarding for all other readers. It is the third volume of a trilogy published by Pen & Sword, the others being Britain Goes to War and The Widening War. However, Britain and Victory is far from being exclusively about the final stage of the war or being exclusively about Britain.

The book consists of 21 separate essays by leading historians; two of the contributions are about Germany, and there is one each on Russia, France, the USA, Italy and the Commonwealth. They vary greatly in theme (military, social, economic, political) and their time frames. ‘Women and the Great War’, for instance, covers the whole war while ‘That Quiet Place’ concerns how the war was memorialised from 1917 to the present.

An insightful set of essays on a broad range of war related themes.

Historical Novels Review

A solid read and is recommended.

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The Armourer, February 2019

This is a thought-provoking collection of well-written essays by Great War scholars.

The Great War magazine, November 2018

The trilogy has added greatly to the sum of available knowledge and challenged a number of previously accepted conclusions. This final edition in the trilogy is an important work for enthusiasts, professionals and novices alike.


Well crafted essays by experts usually afford the offer of opinion, context and the opportunity to see things differently. In this respect the essays in this book succeed and for the most part add value to the subject with which they engage. I would in particular point out the essays by Jack Sheldon, Nick Bosanquet and Clive Harris but all the essays are well constructed and make for good reading.
A very good book to bring modern observation and opinion to the subject.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide.

Michael McCarthy
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About Peter Liddle

Former teacher, lecturer and founder/director of two archives on the world wars of the twentieth century, Peter Liddle is a well-published historian of personal experience in those wars with books on
Gallipoli, The Somme and D-Day. He is dedicated to the preservation of the evidence of the past and has particularly enjoyed drawing together in publications and conferences the research of others in the field..

He has a lifetime of interest in sport, history travel and wildlife. He lives with his wife, Louise, in Rawdon, Leeds. He is Life President of The Second World War Experience Centre.

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