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Old October 12th, 2017, 11:13 AM   #1
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How to study world war 1?


So, guys I am trying to do a big research on world war 1,and I want to write all the research in one book and divide world war 1 into chapters for example chapter 1: the beginning of the war, but I am having trouble organizing my research and I don't really know from where to get information about ww1 and how should I do my research, so can you guys help me and guide me through it Thank you
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Old October 12th, 2017, 02:46 PM   #2

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Investigate and read over the core historiography of the subject. Watch some WW1 documentaries while taking notes of all useful information (remember to also write who is saying what for when you eventually come to referencing) on the subject. Also, visit your local libraries and museums for additional knowledge as you are going to need to do a lot of reading.
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So, guys I am trying to do a big research on world war 1,and I want to write all the research in one book and divide world war 1 into chapters for example chapter 1: the beginning of the war, but I am having trouble organizing my research and I don't really know from where to get information about ww1 and how should I do my research, so can you guys help me and guide me through it Thank you
Hard to do that because the war would be divided into different regional theaters with different actors with the war going different ways at different times(for example while the Germans were winning the war in the west and looked about to win, their colonies were quietly being gobbled up by the Brits and Japanese). There was also the naval war. Some war's it's easy to divide via chapter like the Thirty Years War, I don't think this is one of them.

Here's my best sources.

The First World War by William Kelleher Story
The Origins of the First World War by James Joll and Gordon Martel

Think this war's best viewed in the context of different things happening at different times at different places. WWII is easier to divide into European and Asian fronts because the tide of the war changed around the same time.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 11:51 AM   #4

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Look for relatives ...

For example my relatives fought in WWI and I received direct recalls when I was a child [I'm 45 ...].

This is an interesting way to create a context for what you will write down on paper.

Imagine that the German part of my family lived on the border with France and when the war begun the females went to Austria [Innsbruck] and the men fought [they were knights in the cavalry of the Kaiser].

Family stories add a lot to a history work.
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