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Tucker (formerly Virginia Military Inst.) begins this work with an informative overview of the Great War and two insightful chapters on its causes and consequences. Next are 83 articles of one to two pages on the conflict's most prominent battles, participants, terms, and treaties. All entries are signed and include resources for further reading. Maps, photographs, selected primary documents, an extensive chronology, a detailed bibliography, and a comprehensive index supplement the text. The monthly chronology is particularly noteworthy, as it tracks events on an almost daily basis, providing users with a sense of how situations unfolded over the war's duration. At the same time, the guide's many maps lay out battle campaigns precisely and clearly. All 54 contributors, primarily military historians and specialists from American universities and war colleges, write in a credible, descriptive, judicious, and readable style. This title does not replace narrative classics such as Winston Churchill's The World Crisis, John Keegan's The First World War, or Hew Strachan's The First World War. Instead, like Colin Nicholson's The Longman Companion to the First World War, it is a commendable ready reference that admirably reaches its intended audience. VERDICT A quality -reference work that condenses a monumental amount of information in an accessible, concise, and instructive manner. For general readers and student researchers.-Rob Tench, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The subtitle of this work--in the publisher's series of the same name--is an unfortunate overstatement given the enormity of the topic being explored; a more appropriate label might be "A Handy Beginner's Guide." Entries cover the people, places, and events of WW I, but biographical entries (such as Nicholas II, Czar of Russia) are general overviews concluding with lists of further reading offering mainly popular materials instead of suggestions of titles more appropriate for deeper research. The overview, causes, and consequences of the Great War are a useful entry point for uninitiated readers but are by no means exhaustive. There are general maps, charts, and photographs that enrich the book's A-Z entries. The primary documents section is a convenient tool for researchers seeking primary resources. There is also an engaging collection of historical dilemma essays that will be handy for students deliberating over possible research topics. This reference guide is expressly designed and useful for the most preliminary research and topic discovery for academic papers by novices. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. --Danielle Becker, Hennepin County Medical Center Medical Library
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<p> Spencer C. Tucker retired in 2003 after 36 years of university teaching, the last six as holder of the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. He is currently Senior Fellow in Military History for ABC-CLIO Publishing.</p>