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Voices of World War I
Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life
by Priscilla Roberts
June 2023, 311pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7356-0
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World War I was a truly global conflict and remains one of the deadliest wars in human history. Whether on the battlefield or the home front, tens of millions of individuals were impacted by the events of the Great War.

Bringing together a diverse collection of primary source documents, this book illuminates the events and experiences of World War I from a variety of perspectives.

Although it was nicknamed “the war to end all wars,” World War I heralded the start of modern-day conflicts. The human toll of the Great War was immense—an estimated 9 million soldiers died on the battlefield, while more than 5 million civilians died as the result of military actions, disease, or famine. In the wake of World War I, empires crumbled and new nations won their independence. Although the events and aftermath of World War I happened on an epic scale, the conflict is best understood through a human lens.

Voices of World War I: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life offers readers an illuminating collection of primary sources that highlight the wartime experiences of a diverse array of individuals from around the globe. Each document includes contextual information and thought-provoking questions to guide readers in their exploration of the text. In addition to high-interest sidebars, in-text glossary definitions, biographical snapshots of key figures, and a comprehensive chronology of the war, the book also includes a guide to evaluating and interpreting primary sources that bolsters readers’ analytical and critical thinking skills.


  • Offers documents from a variety of perspectives, including the British, Germans, Russians, and Americans; civilians and combatants; and well-known leaders and everyday soldiers
  • Explores issues of race and gender through the experiences of African Americans and women during World War I
  • Features sidebars that define glossary terms and highlight interesting supplemental information, enhancing students' experience as they read
  • Provides necessary contextual information and guiding questions for each document
  • Includes a chronology of World War I, which gives readers a broader understanding of the conflict and helps them place documents within the proper historical context
Priscilla Roberts, PhD, is associate professor of business at the City University of Macau. She has coedited the documents volumes for 13 ABC-CLIO encyclopedias and is the editor of Cuban Missile Crisis: The Essential Reference Guide, World War II: The Essential Reference Guide, Voices of World War II: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life, Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide, Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Documentary and Reference Guide, and The Cold War: Interpreting Conflict Through Primary Documents. In addition, she is the author of numerous other books and articles in international history.

Voices of an Era

The Voices of an Era series utilizes primary document excerpts, with introductory and follow-up material, to illuminate the character and social history of particular historical periods.

From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the award-winning Voices of an Era.

Each volume focuses on a specific historical era, offering a window into those times by bringing together a fascinating collection of primary documents, organized by cultural and social topics (art, food, religion, family life, recreation, etc.). Introductions, critical thinking questions, and other supporting material help teachers use these documents to bring true, effective inquiry-based learning to their classrooms.


Each of volume of Voices of an Era features 40-50 primary sources A chronology of the period cover in that volume Selected bibliography of print and nonprint sources (including Web sites, DVDs, CD ROMs, videos, films, etc.) suitable for student research A glossary of terms found in the introductory and followup material 15-30 sidebars per vol. Include "Did you Know"-type information, explanations of key concepts, etc. 40-50 Definition Fact Boxes per vol. Include definitions of unfamiliar terms from the text of the documents themselves.
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