World War One – Non-Military History – 1914-1918

Subjects include: comprehensive histories of the WWI era, causes of the war, diplomacy and statecraft, politics, medical services in the war, diseases, bibliography of books about the war, the Salvation Army, much more. See the link just below for a collection of military history books about WWI on this site.


Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.

Also visit our collection on the Military History of World War One

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World War I Collection

About 1,900 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of World War I.

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World War One Collection


450 books on World War One contributed to the Internet Archive by the New York Public Library. They include a wide variety of topics in fiction and non-fiction. All appear to have been published prior to 1924.

Genesis of the War

Asquith, H.H.
1923        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Economic Causes of Modern War

A study of the period 1878-1918

Bakeless, John
1921        Dewey Dec.   940.3

My Three Years in America

Bernstorff, Count
1920        Dewey Dec.   940.3

The author was the German Ambassador in Washington from 1914 to 1917.

An English wife in Berlin; A Private Memoir of Events, Politics, and Daily Life in Germany Throughout the War and the Social Revolution of 1918

Blücher von Wahlstatt, Evelyn Mary Stapleton-Bretherton
1920        Dewey Dec.    940.3

Books on the Military History of World War I

The War Romance of the Salvation Army

Booth, Evangeline and Lutz, Grace L.
1919        Dewey Dec.    940.3

One of the authors, Evangeline Booth, was the commander-in-chief of the Salvation Army in the U.S.

New World; Problems in Political Geography

Bowman, Isaiah
1922        Dewey Dec.   940.3

The author was the leading geographical expert with the peace commission. Describes the factors that influence the political geography that emerged from the war.

Subject Index of the Books Relating to the European War, 1914-1918

acquired by the British Museum, 1914-1920

British Museum
1922        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Readings in the Economics of War, ed.

Clark, J. Maurice et. al
1918        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Selected Articles about World War One

Roots of the War; a Non-technical history of Europe 1870-1914 A.D.

Davis, William Stearns
1918        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Selected Critical Bibliography of Publications in English Relating to the World War

Ducher, George M.
1918        Dewey Dec.   940.3

History of modern Europe, 1878-1919

Gooch, G.P.
1923        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Before the War

Haldane, Viscount
1920        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Literary Digest History of the World War (10 vols), comp.

Halsey, Francis Whiting
1919-20         Dewey Dec.   940.3

Compiled from original and contemporary sources: American, British, French, German and others. Illustrated.

Books on the period at the end of World War I at History of Europe Post-WWI

Uncle Sam’s Fact Book of the World War

Containing a thousand and one facts worth knowing concerning the struggle for democracy, including army and navy organization, insignia of rank, pay rolls, branches of the service, regulating laws, classification under and official record of drafts, etc.

1918        Dewey Dec.   940.3

First World War, 1914-1918

Hardach, Gerd
1981        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Brief History of the Great War

Hayes, Carlton J.H
1920        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Reflections on the World War

Hollweg, Th. von Bethmann
1919        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Intimate Papers Of Colonel House (vol 1)

Vol 2

Vol 3

Vol 4

House, Edward M.
1926        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Colonel House was a close aide to President Wilson during the years covered in these 4 volumes. They were compiled by an editor from his diary and correspondence, and the set is one of the most valuable accounts of a leading participant in international affairs during WWI.

Long Fuse

Lafore, Laurence
1971        Dewey Dec.   940.3

An interpretation of the origins of World War I.

Collected Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Outbreak of the European War

Legislative Assembly, New South Wales
1915        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Official Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Outbreak of the European War, ed.

with photographic reproductions of official editions of the documents …

Mach, Edmund von
1916        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Documents published by the governments of Austria-Hungary, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Serbia.

Medical Services; Diseases of the War (vol 1)

Vol 2

Macpherson, MG W.G. et al
        Dewey Dec.   940.3

One of seven titles in the series “History of the Great War, based on Official Documents”, by direction of the Committee of Imperial Defense.

Medical Services; General History (vol 1)

Vol 2

Vol 3

Vol 4

Macpherson, MG W.G.
1921        Dewey Dec.   940.3

One of seven titles in the series “History of the Great War, based on Official Documents”, by direction of the Committee of Imperial Defense.
Vol 1: Medical services in the U.K.; in British garrisons overseas; and during operations against Tsingtau, in Togoland, the Cameroons, and South-West Africa.
Vol 2: The medical services on the western front, and during the operations in France and Belgium in 1914 and 1915.
Vol 3: Medical services during the operations on the Western Front in 1916, 1917 and 1918; in Italy; and in Egypt and Palestine.
Vol 4: Medical services during the operations of the Gallipoli Peninsula; in Macedonia; in Mesopotamia and North-West Persia; in East Africa; in the Aden Protectorate; and in North Russia. Ambulance transport during the war.

Books on European history from about 1700 to the beginning of WWI at European History 1700-1914

New York Times Current History of the European War (20 vols), New York Times

New York Times
1917-1920        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Produced throughout the time of U.S. participation in World War I. Vol 20 contains an index and material on post-war treaty negotiations. Illustrated.

England and Germany, 1740-1914

Schmitt, Bernadotte Everly
1916        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Diplomatic Background of the War, 1870-1914

Seymour, Charles
1916        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Militarism and Statecraft

Smith, Munroe
1918        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Through Thirty Years 1892-1922; A Personal Narrative (vol 1)

Vol 2

Steed, Henry Wickham
1924        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Selected Articles about the History of Britain and Ireland, 19th & 20th Centuries

Times History of the War (vols 1-22)

The Times [of London]
1914-1921         Dewey Dec.   940.3

The London Times used its reporting staff to create these volumes throughout World War I. They are heavily illustrated and contain many maps.

Guns of August

Tuchman, Barbara W.
1962        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1963. “A history of the negotiations that preceded WWI and the course of the war’s first month, up through the Battle of the Marne. Begins with an intimate … view of the leaders in power as war came and of the actual making of war and continues with a critique of generals, equipment and tactics and a survey of the first confused and hideous battles.” -Publ Wkly

Great War and the British People

Winter, J.M.
1986        Dewey Dec.   940.3

Nearly all the books on this page were recommended by the American Historical Association, in the: Guide to Historical Literature (1st edition), edited by George M. Dutcher et al. (1936),
or in the:
Guide to Historical Literature (3rd edition) 2 vols. edited by Mary Beth Norton and Pamela Gerardi (1995) Volume 1 Volume 2

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