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Keith Jeffery

1916 – A Global History

Bloomsbury

We are currently not‑really‑commemorating the centennial of World War I. Historian Jeffery concentrates on the third year of the War to End Wars. His theme is the crucial importance of the year, which brought home the ugly realization that the war would not be ended swiftly, and the meaning of specific incidents—the Gallipoli campaign, Ireland’s Easter Rising, Verdun, the war in East Africa, the murder of Rasputin, to the war and the shape the new century would take. World War I may be the least understood war in human history—Jeffery makes it less so, and always interesting.

‑ Bruce Collier
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