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1916: A Global History

By Ben Wilson   December 2015

1916by Keith Jeffrey (Bloomsbury, £25)

The history of the First World War, writes Keith Jeffery, “has quite literally got stuck in the mud and trenches of the Western Front.” In his kaleidoscopic narrative, Jeffery tells the global history of the war by fixing on a single year. His contention is that the events of 1916 were crucial for the entire 20th century.

It is no small achievement to fit so much diverse material and argument into a single fast-paced volume. The year begins with the evacuation of allied forces from Gallipoli and culminates…

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