World War I

The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection

by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
Foreword by Dr. Holger H. Herwig


The United States emerged from WWI as the world's greatest single economic power.

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October 2014


Pages 2307
Volumes 5
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars
  World History/Conflict
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Offering exhaustive coverage, detailed analyses, and the latest historical interpretations of events, this expansive, five-volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and detailed reference source on the First World War available today.

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I in 1914, this conflict still stands as perhaps the most important event of the 20th century. World War I toppled all of the existing empires at the time, transformed the Middle East, and vaulted the United States to becoming the world's leading economic power. Its effects were profound and lasting—and included outcomes that led to World War II. This multivolume encyclopedia provides a wide-ranging examination of World War I that covers all of the important battles; key individuals, both civilian and military; weapons and technologies; and diplomatic, social, political, cultural, military, and economic developments.

Suitable as a reference tool for high school and undergraduate students as well as faculty members and graduate-level researchers, World War I: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection offers accessible, in-depth information and up-to-date analyses in a format that lends itself to quick and easy use. The set comprises alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries accompanied by further reading selections as well as a comprehensive bibliography. A fifth volume provides chronologically arranged documents and an A–Z index.


  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the causes of the war that allows readers to fully understand the complex origins of such a monumental conflict
  • Supplies detailed analyses and explanations of the events before, during, and after World War I, such as how the results of the war set the stage for the global Great Depression of the 1930s, as well as detailed biographical data on key military and civilian individuals during World War I
  • Includes a chronologically organized document volume that enables students to examine the sources of historical information firsthand
  • Covers all key battles, land and sea, and their impacts, as well as the critical technological developments that affected the war's outcomes
Author Info

Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is the author or editor of 47 books and encyclopedias, many of which have won prestigious awards. Tucker's last academic position before his retirement from teaching was the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a U.S. Army captain and intelligence analyst in the Pentagon, and a visiting research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. His recently published works include American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats; and Encyclopedia of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A New Era of Modern Warfare, all published by ABC-CLIO.



"[T]his extensive examination of the war fulfills the aim of being a 'definitive' set. . . . The entries, overall, are succinct and well written. . . . This exhaustive encyclopedia is highly recommended for public and academic libraries where budget allows—particularly those without Tucker's earlier incarnation of this set, The Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political, Social, and Military History (2006)."Booklist


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