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SELECTED LIST OF BOOKS ON THE
Edited by GEORGE H. BLAKESLEE, Professor of History and Inter
national Relations, Clark University. (Reprinted from the Journal of Race Developement, Vol. 8, No. 1, July, 1917.)
The following list of books has been prepared by the Clark University Seminar on International Relations, as a result of its recent study of the literature of the war, from over 3700 volumes arranged and catalogued in a separate department. Some 3000 to 4000 more, from Germany and Austria, are now waiting shipment from Holland. It is to be regretted, however, that with all the wealth of war literature, few if any really satisfactory books have as yet appeared on the war activities of certain of the belligerent countries; this is true both of Russia and of Turkey. It has been the particular aim of the Seminar to make a selection which would not only well represent the typical viewpoints of both the Entente and the Central Powers, but also the various schools of war thought in Great Britain and in France. The United States has so recently become a belligerent that it has seemed advisable to include no works dealing particularly with its part in the conflict.
The Historical Background.
Longmans, Green, 1914. 288 p.
ing these pages. Bourdon, Géorges, L’Enigme allemande. Une enquête chez les Allemands.
Paris, Plon-Nourrit, 1913. (Translation.) The German Enigma: Being an Inquiry among Germans as to What They Think, What They Want, What They Can Do. London, J. M. Dent & Co., 1914. 357 p. The author, one of the ablest publicists of France, went to Germany in 1912 on behalf of the Figaro to find out the attitude of Germany toward France and to estimate the possibility of war.
Bülow, Bernhard Heinrich Martin Karl, fürst von. Imperial Germany: with
a Foreword by J. W. Headlam. New and revised edition. New York, Dodd, Mead & Co., 1917. xiv, 335 p. To obtain Germany's explanation of her foreign policy during the last forty years, there is probably no better book than Imperial Germany by the former Chancellor of the German Empire. The first edition appeared before the war, but the work has recently been rewritten and much additional material, bearing upon the diplomacy of the present
struggle, has been added. Cramb, J. A. Germany and England. London, Murray, 1914. 137 p.
Constituted a trumpet call to the people of Great Britain to arm for the inevitable con
flict. The point of view is similar to that of Bernhardi. Gibbons, Herbert Adams. The New Map of Europe (1911-1914): The Story
of the Recent Diplomatic Crises and Wars and of Europe's Present Catastrophe. New York, Century Co., 1914. 412 p. An excellent history of the recent international complications which finally brought about the present war. Valuable information regarding the racial, economic and social
factors which must be taken into consideration in making the new map of Europe. Guyot, Yves. Les Causes et les Conséquences de la Guerre. Paris, Alcan,
1916. 422 p. (English edition.) The Causes and Consequences of the War. London, Hutchinson, 1916. 360 p. Guyot may possibly reflect the wishes of France. A very interesting and stimulating
work, but more valuable for its historical than prophetical parts. Lichtenberger, Henri. L'Allemagne Moderne: Son Evolution. Paris, E.
Flammarion, 1907. (English edition.) Germany and its Evolution in Modern Times. New York, Holt, 1913. 440 p. Gives us, through the eyes of a Frenchman, a dispassionate presentation of the evolution of the whole German people in their economic, social, political, religious, philosophical and artistic life during the nineteenth century. The work is written in the spirit of
a scientific historian. Morel, Edmund Dene. Morocco in Diplomacy. London, Smith, Elder,
1912. 539 P. In this work, written two years before the war, the British and French foreign offices are flayed in a merciless manner for the part they played in the Moroccan dispute.
The best part of it is the documentary appendix.
University Press, 1916. 505 p.
qualified by extensive study and travels. Seymour, Charles. The Diplomatic Background of the War. New Haven,
Yale University Press, 1916. 311 P.
The Outbreak of the War.
Press, 1915. 39 p.
of hostilities, giving the Allied interpretation by one of Italy's foremost historians. Headlam, James Wycliffe. The History of Twelve Days (July 24 to August
4, 1914). London, Unwin, 1915. 412 p. The published correspondence of each belligerent country is explained thoroughly in its proper setting. An invaluable treatise on the outbreak of the world conflict.
BOOKS ON THE PRESENT WAR
Scott, James Brown, editor. Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Out
break of the European War. New York, Oxford University Press, 1916. 2 vols. Merely a compilation of the diplomatic dispatches of the chief belligerent nations in
the critical days of 1914. Very valuable as a work of reference. Stowell, Ellery Cory. The Diplomacy of the War of 1914. Boston, Houghton
Mifflin, 1915. 728 p. Similar to Headlam's History of Twelve Days. The two works may profitably be studied together.
tion of War to the Close of the Campaign of August, 1914. London,
national Library Co., 1915. Vol. 1, The First Phase. 377 p. Vol. 2, The Second Phase, The Battle of the Marne. 382 p. The author is a tactician of experience in the French artillery. His books are the most scholarly of any published in English which treat of the war from a military point of
view. Reinach, Joseph. La Guerre sur Le Front Occidental. Etude Stratégique
1914-1915. Paris, Bibliothèque Charpentier, 1916. 320 p. A clear presentation of the course of events from the beginning of the war up to the
Battle of the Yser. Simonds, Frank H. The Great War. The First Phase (from the Assassina
tion of the Archduke to the Fall of Antwerp). New York, Kennerley, 1914. 250 p. Many of the chapters of this book first appeared as editorial articles. The twelve maps are unusually clear. The book is popular rather than scientific.
Legal Aspects—National and International.
Results. London, Murray, 1915. 578 p.
comprehension, the legal problems arising from the war. Dampierre, Jacques, marquis de. L'Allemagne et le Droit des Gens. Paris, Phillipson, Coleman. International Law and the Great War. London, Un
Berger-Levrault, 1915. (English edition.) German Imperialism and International Law. London, Constable, 1917. 277 p. The evidence is mostly confined to the diaries of German officers which have fallen into the hands of the French. The book is one of the rare productions of war-time chaos
that will live for many years to come. Grosser Generalstab. Kriegsbrauch im Landkriege. Berlin, 1902. Trans
lated with a critical introduction under title of The German War Book, by J. H. Morgan. London, Murray, 1915. 152 p. This is the official volume of the German General Staff giving the usages of war on land. The doctrine of "military necessity” is carried to the extreme, justifying nearly everything.
win, 1915. 407 p. Mr. Phillipson, an English law writer of some note, has naturally presented a point of view uniformly favorable to the Allies; but in spite of this the book is of great value to the student of international law.
Descriptive and Narrative. Askew, Alice and Claude. The Stricken Land, Serbia, as We Saw It. New
York, Dodd, 1916. 363 p.
A personal narrative rather than a comprehensive view of the war in Serbia. Buswell, Leslie. Ambulance No. 10. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company,
1916. 155 p.
Letters of one of the drivers to an American friend. Doty, Madeleine Zabriskie. Short Rations. New York, Century Co., 1917.
274 p. It is a sad story but it reveals the horrors of war in Germany as no other record of per
sonal experience. Gibbs, Philip. The Soul of the War. London, Heineman, 1915. 362 p.
Protest against war and its futility and a plea for educating people for peace. Hall, James Norman. Kitchener's Mob. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1916.
201 P. A series of articles which appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. Hankey, Donald. A Student in Arms. London, Melrose, 1916. 296 p.
New York, Dutton, 1917. 290 p.
Speculative rather than descriptive. Hedin, Sven. With the German Armies in the West. Authorized translation
from the Swedish, by H. G. de Wallerstorff. New York, Lane, 1915. 402 p. Intimate pen pictures of striking personalities, and of war conditions as seen through
the eyes of a pro-German. Huard, Frances Wilson (Baroness Huard). My Home in the field of Honor.
New York, Doran, 1916. 302 p. Hunt, Edward Eyre. War Bread: A Personal Narrative of the War and
Relief in Belgium. New York, Holt, 1916. 374 p. Kreisler, Fritz. Four Weeks in the Trenches. Boston, Houghton Miffin,
1915. 85 p. LaMotte, Ellen N. The Backwash of War. New York, Putnam, 1916. 186 p. BOOKS ON THE PRESENT WAR
A series of short stories of scenes and incidents “in a French military field hospital." Low, Sidney James. Italy in the War. London, Longmans, Green, 1916.
Mr. Low made a tour in June and July, 1916. of the important sectors of the Italian
battle front, and also visited the principal industrial centers of Italy. MacGill, Patrick. The Great Push. London, Herbert Jenkins, 1916. 254 p.
A narrative of events just prior to, during and immediately subsequent to the Allied
drive at Loos in September, 1915. Morlae, Edward. A Soldier of the Legion. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1916.
Palmer, Frederick. My Year of the Great War. New York, Dodd, 1915.
464 p. Palmer was the only official representative of the American press with the British army in France.
My Second Year of the War. New York, Dodd, 1917. 404 p. The book also shows in a purely military way, what England has accomplished. Riou, Gaston. Journal d'un Simple Soldat. Paris, Hachette, 1916. 249 p.
(English edition.) Diary of a French Private. London, Unwin, 1916. 315 p. The diary of a French philosopher, wounded in the Battle of Dienze, who was taken
prisoner and passed eleven months in a Bavarian fortress. Swope, Herbert Bayard. Inside the German Empire. New York, Century
Co., 1917. 366 p.
based on a series of articles written for the New York World. Toland, Edward D. The Aftermath of Battle. New York, Macmillan, 1916.
The diary of a young Princeton graduate who served in one of the first war hospitals, and later in the Morgan, Harjes Ambulance unit in France. The things that happened
around him are described in all their simple horror without shrinking. Turczynowicz, Laura de. When the Prussians came to Poland. New York,
Putnam, 1916. 281 p. The author, an American woman married to a Polish nobleman, gives an account of her personal experiences, chiefly in Suwalki, Russian Poland, during the first year of the war.
Controversial: Conflicting National Viewpoints. Bergson, Henri. The Meaning of the War. London, Unwin, 1915. 47 p.
To him Germany stands for the things material; the forces arrayed against her, for the
things moral. Beyens, baron. L'Allemagne avant la Guerre. Les Causes et les Responsa
bilités. Paris, Van Oest, 1915. (English edition.) Germany Before the War. London, Nelson and Sons, 1916. 366 p. The author was Belgian minister at the court of Berlin for some three years preceding
the outbreak of the war. Bryce, James, viscount, chairman. Report of the Committee on Alleged
German Outrages. New York, Macmillan, 1915. 61 p. Appendix, 296 p.
This report is the presentation of some of the evidence, and a summary of the findings. Clark University. Problems and Lessons of the War. New York, Putnam,
1916. 424 P. The volume contains side by side the opposing views on the fundamental issues of the
war as presented by twenty-four writers of reputation. Deutschland und der Weltkrieg. Breslau, Kern, 1914. 210 p. (Translation).
Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War. By various German writers, translated by William Wallace Whitelock. New York, Kennerley, 1916. 628 p. A series of essays by professors in various German and Austrian universities and by
government officials; scholarly expression of the German point of view. Eastman, Max. Understanding Germany. New York, Kennerley, 1916.
169 p. Aims to correct the feeling that the Central Powers are entirely wrong and the Allies entirely right.