The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898 by Edward M. Coffman
ISBN: 0195045556
Published by Oxford University Press on December 8th 1988
Genres: Military, Pre-War, United States
Pages: 560

Len's Summary: This volume begins with the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection and covers the major reforms instituted by War Secretary Elihu Root that created the modern general staff system and helped prepare the Army for World War One. Of particular interest to Western Front Association members is Coffman's analysis of the colonial Army's experience in the Philippines and later on the Western Front, as well as the postwar army.

Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920

Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920 by David Traxel
ISBN: 0375410783
Published by Knopf on December 18th 2007
Genres: Pre-War, United States
Pages: 432

Len's Summary: A portrait of America at the turn of the 20th century, the height of the Progressive Era and of the expansive and reformist leadership of Roosevelt and Wilson at home and overseas. Available from the History Book Club for $22.00.

Power at Sea: The Age of Navalism, 1890-1918

Power at Sea: The Age of Navalism, 1890-1918Power at Sea: The Age of Navalism, 1890-1918 by Lisle Abbott Rose
ISBN: 9780826217011
Published by University of Missouri Press Genres: Military, Naval, Pre-War
Pages: 355

Len's Summary: The last imperial scramble for global empire: colonies, markets and naval supremacy.

The German Right, 1860-1920: Political Limits of the Authoritarian Imagination

The German Right, 1860-1920: Political Limits of the Authoritarian ImaginationThe German Right, 1860-1920: Political Limits of the Authoritarian Imagination by James Retallack
ISBN: 9781442659186
Published by University of Toronto Press on February 1st 2015
Genres: Germany, Pre-War
Pages: 416

Len's Summary: One of a number of new academic studies of the evolution of the German political system before and during WWI.

The British Army 1815–1914

The British Army 1815–1914The British Army 1815–1914 by Harold E. Raugh
ISBN: 9780754625643
Published by Ashgate on October 30th 2006
Genres: Great Britain, Military, Pre-War
Pages: 567

Len's Summary: A review of the campaigns, character and composition of the British Army, really a colonial constabulary, during the century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the outbreak of The Great War with emphasis on reforms, evolving technology and doctrine . Contributors include: Holger Herwig, Hew Strachan and Edward M. Spiers.

A Box of Sand: The Italo-Ottoman War 1911-1912

A Box of Sand:  The Italo-Ottoman War 1911-1912A Box of Sand: The Italo-Ottoman War 1911-1912 by Charles Stephenson
ISBN: 9780957689220
Published by Tattered Flag on December 19th 2014
Genres: Africa, Italy, Military, Pre-War, Turkey & Ottoman Empire
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: Though forgotten today, this conflict was a curtain-raiser to the Great War as Italy expanded her African empire into the Ottoman provinces of today’s Libya and sparked a guerrilla war that lasted for two decades.

Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913

Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913 by Edward Robert Hooton
ISBN: 1781551804
Published by Fonthill Media on May 1st 2014
Genres: Military, Pre-War
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: Initiated by the Russian-inspired Balkan League led by Serbia to seize territory from the Ottoman Empire, the first war spawned a second as the victors fell out over the spoils.

The Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War

The Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World WarThe Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War by Gregory D. Miller
ISBN: 9780801464607
Published by Cornell University Press on February 17th 2012
Genres: International Relations, Military, Political Science, Pre-War
Pages: 248

Len's Summary: Posits the axiom that only states perceived as reliable (viz., willing to support alliance partners in time of war) could form strong, effective military pacts. A study of diplomacy in the Belle Époque. // How states built and sustained alliances in pre-war Europe.

The Month That Changed the World: July 1914

The Month That Changed the World: July 1914The Month That Changed the World: July 1914 by Gordon Martel
ISBN: 9780199665389
Published by Oxford University Press on July 1st 2014
Genres: Military, Pre-War, Strategy
Pages: 484

Len's Summary: Another look at the crucial weeks leading to war in 1914. // pages, ISBN 978 0 1996 6538 9, £22, $34.95. Step-by-step account of Europe’s slouch into war; a history of missed opportunities.