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01 November 2018

First World War literature and research available free to mark Armistice centenary

New writing from one of the foremost historians of the Great War is among a rich selection of work being made freely available to mark the centenary of the Armistice that brought the conflict to a close. 

Jay Winter’s new book, War Beyond Words, offers a unique view of the cultural consequences of war, starting with the battles of 1914-18. He looks at the ways in which different creative arts from painting and sculpture to photography, film and poetry shape our cultural memory of war. 

Extracts from the book are part of a collection of work from some of the leading academics, researchers and authors in the field that can be read and downloaded free of charge until 31 December. The range of topics covered shows how the war’s impact was felt in all areas of human experience. 

Other books to feature include Dublin’s Great Wars, by Richard Grayson, which sets Dublin’s military history of the First World War and the Irish Revolution side by side and India, Empire and First World War Culture by Santanu Das, the first cultural and literary history of India and the First World War. 

Journal articles include studies into the legacy of the war and its impacts on the environment, society and religion. The collection also features a special edition of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, featuring a host of new research into American experiences of the war among groups as diverse as children, academics, and the men and women who volunteered in the years before the United States entered the conflict.    

The chapters and articles are all part of Cambridge Core, the online home of academic books and journals published by Cambridge University Press. Subscribers to Cambridge Core gain quick and easy access to more than 34,000 books and more than a million articles from 370 journals. 

Michael Watson, Executive Publisher, History and Academic Trade at the Press, said: ‘The Press has one of the world’s leading lists on the history and culture of the Great War and so we wanted to mark the centenary of the war’s end by making this work available to as broad an audience as possible. 

‘The books featured here reflect the diversity of our publishing from Santanu Das’s India, Empire and First World War Culture, which recovers the wartime experience of ordinary men and women both within India and as combatants on the western front, to Jay Winter’s War beyond Words, which traces changing representations and remembrances of war in poetry, sculpture, painting, photography, film and, finally, in silence.’ 

To see which book chapters and articles are available, visit 


John Clare,

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Public Relations Manager
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