Empires at War: 1911–1923

TitleEmpires at War: 1911–1923
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGerwarth, Robert, and Erez Manela
Number of Pages283
PublisherOxford University Press

This book reframes the Great War as a global war among empires, rather than a European war among nation-states. It expands the history of the war both in time and in space. First, this book shows how the fighting between 1914 and 1918 was part of a continuum of conflict that began with the Italian invasion of Libya in 1911 and did not end until the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, when a new order was in place not just in Europe and the Middle East but also in Asia and Africa. Second, this book argues that if we take the conflict seriously as a world war, we must, a century after the event, adopt a perspective that does justice more fully to the millions of imperial subjects called upon to fight for empire, to theatres of war that lay far beyond Europe and, more generally, to the wartime roles and experiences of innumerable peoples from outside the European continent.

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