1916: A Global History

1916: A Global History

Title:1916: A Global History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781620402696
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages

The mud-filled, blood-soaked trenches of the Low Countries and North-Eastern Europe were essential battlegrounds during the First World War, but the war reached many other corners of the globe, and events elsewhere significantly affected its course. Covering the twelve months of 1916, eminent historian Keith Jeffery uses twelve moments from a range of locations and shows how they reverberated around the world. As well as discussing better-known battles such as Gallipoli, Verdun and the Somme, Jeffery examines Dublin, for the Easter Rising, East Africa, the Italian front, Central Asia and Russia, where the killing of Rasputin exposed the internal political weakness of the country's empire. And, in charting a wide range of wartime experience, he studies the 'intelligence war', naval engagements at Jutland and elsewhere, as well as the political consequences that ensued from the momentous US presidential election. Using an extraordinary range of military, social and cultural sources, and relating the individual experiences on the ground to wider developments, these are the stories lost to history, the conflicts that spread beyond the sphere of Europe and the moments that transformed the war.


    1916: A Global History Reviews

  • Pamela

    From the assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, World War I went on to encompass the entire globe. This is the premise of Keith Jefffery's 1916: A Global History. He picks this on...

  • Carol Storm

    Every chapter is entertaining but the book feels more like a collection of essays than a continuous narrative. Plus I would have liked more on submarine warfare and flying aces in 1916....

  • Marks54

    This is a very good book about a very bad year. Seriously, if you wanted to run a contest to choose the worst year between 1910 and 1920, or between 1914 and 1924, which would it be? 1914 seems a good...

  • Rod

    An interesting failure. The author covers world events during the calendar year 1916. Clearly, some major WW I events took place during this time (e.g., Verdun, the Somme, Jutland). The volume is divi...

  • SerjeantWildgoose

    Professor Jeffrey's global history is exactly that. It covers all corners of the planet from Flanders to China, Russia to Washington and takes in the critical historical and political events along the...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    Fairly good history of 1916 in a global perspective. It covers WWI's bloody battlefields in Europe and the effects of the great war from the eastern Mediterranean to South Asia to the US and Russia. I...

  • Bram

    Keith Jeffrey has written an unconventional history of the Great War. He focuses on twelve events - one for each month - in 1916. Some of the events focus on battles, but other are things like the ree...

  • Larry

    Jeffrey writes a history of the war outside its trench-war-dominated stalemate in Northwest Europe. (Having said that, he also writes about Verdun and the Somme, both of which are unavoidable ina disc...

  • Paul

    This book provided an interesting approach, looking at select events in 1916, one for each month, and placing it in a broader context.I felt Keith got a little too bogged down in details regarding the...

  • Vikas Datta

    A kaleidoscopic view of main events of this tumultuous year of the Great War, not only in Europe's Western Front but throughout the world, and how some events and decisions taken then not only had imp...