"The second edition of this text offers a range of eyewitness perspectives, and other original sources, from English female munitions workers to Indian troops in France, to Turkish defenders at Gallipoli, and a Russian woman in uniform, which explore the social, cultural, and military dimensions of World War I. The documents bring to life the experience of the conflict for those on different sides of the battle lines and in various walks of life. They offer a look at the many sides of a total war that not only claimed more than nine million lives, but also produced many of the defining features of the past century. The text includes added material to reflect the very latest historical thinking. It combines documents and themes that have proven successful in the first edition with new sources and topics that are currently at the forefront of historical debate and research. It now features 59 new documents which illustrate the imperial dimensions of the conflict, including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and broader currents in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as widen the coverage of war culture and developments in Eastern Europe. Further documents have been included which pay particular attention to the experiences and perspectives of ordinary people, whose voices are often underrepresented in broad accounts of this terrible conflict"
"The soldiers of 1914-1918 created a large body of newspapers and magazines by, for and about themselves. Often misleadingly called 'trench journals', these rich archival sources have received surprisingly little sustained scholarly attention. Through the first comprehensive investigation and analysis of the English language trench periodicals of the war – British, Canadian, Australia, New Zealand and American - The Soldiers' Press presents a cultural interpretation of the means and methods through which consent was negotiated between the trenches and the home front."