As we all know, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 widely considered the trigger for a series of catastrophic events which claimed millions of lives, toppled empires and had a huge impact on our society, politics and culture as well as our understanding of warfare. Already there are a wide range of events, talks and commemorations happening around the world, and of course there is a huge amount of new material being published to mark this significant event.
Here at Bloomsbury, we also have some excellent books lined up to publish this year across both our trade and academic divisions. On the academic history list, for example, we’ll be publishing Toby Thacker’s British Culture and the First World War, which revisits the British experience of the War through the eyes and ears of a diverse group of carefully selected novelists, poets, composers and painters. In addition, last month also saw the re-launch of our successful Modern Wars series, in which the first book is a new second edition of Holger Herwig’s landmark book The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918.
When first published, The First World War was praised as the first comprehensive English-language history of the Central Powers during the First World War, and we believe this new edition will renew the book’s status as an authoritative text in the field. It has been thoroughly updated throughout to take into account the latest historiography, and in particular addresses new work on the cultural history of the war. Other new additions to the text include:
- new material on the domestic front, covering Austria-Hungary's internal political frictions and ethnic fissures;
- more on Austria-Hungary and Germany's position within the wider geopolitical framework;
- increased coverage of the Eastern front.
The second edition has already received praise from other historians of the First World War:
“Holger Herwig’s deft handling of sources and elegant writing bring the complexities of the Central Powers to life for his readers. In doing so, he provides the best analysis of Germany and Austria-Hungary available anywhere. His work also allows us to see the war efforts of the Allies in sharper perspective. This new edition, like the first, is a masterful book that should be on the shelf of every student of the First World War.”
Michael Neiberg, author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (2011)
"Professor Herwig's study of Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I has long been recognized as the best book in any language on the subject. By revising and updating his original work he has ensured his book will remain indispensable to anyone seeking to understand the actions and experiences of those two powers in the war."
Robert Doughty, retired Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, USA
The Modern Wars series, edited by Hew Strachan, will also include new editions of Dennis Showalter’s The Wars of German Unification and Evan Mawdsley’s acclaimed book on the Nazi-Soviet conflict during the Second World War, Thunder in the East.
As well as publishing new books on the First World War this year, we’ve also been looking through our rich backlist to bring together a collection of the best titles across all of our lists relating to the Great War. The Great War Collection brings together both these classic titles – many of them available in e-book format for the first time – and exciting new titles, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, academic and reference books. We will also be hosting online events, promotions and activities to tie in with the key anniversaries of the four years of the Great War – from Austria’s declaration of war on 28th July 1914 to the Invasion of Gallipoli (7th February 1915), the Bolshevik Revolution (7th November 1917) and the signing of the Armistice on the 11th November 1918.
Including flagship titles such as Dan Todman’s The Great War to Richard van Emden’s Meeting the Enemy, the Collection will be an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the First World War and its far-reaching impact on the modern world.
You can browse and purchase all of the titles in the Great War Collection on our website, either individually or as collections based on specific events and themes. You also find more details about and purchase a copy of Herwig’s The First World War and all of the other books mentioned above.