New book: World War 1 - The Great War and its Impacts

The Great War belongs to one of modern world history’s most important periods, rivaled only by the Thirty Years’ War and its peace agreement in Westphalia in 1648.

The results of the Great War left their impact on the whole world, including:

  • the move of economic power from Europe to the United States of America 
  • the construction of the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire 
  • the transferal of German colonies to the victorious powers via the League of Nations
  • the Russian Revolution, and
  • the developments in inter alia Germany smoothing the path for World War 2 and the Cold War.

The traces of the War can be followed well into the twenty-first century, too.

In this book, we will analyze the War itself and trace its impacts. This will be done using an interdisciplinary approach: the best way to get a broad understanding of the War as the book’s aim is to do a comprehensive ‘360 degree’ analysis of the impacts, finding them in culture, economy, politics, and technology.

This book gives a comprehensive introduction to World War 1, and it is an essential companion for students studying World War 1 or aspects of it.

This wide-ranging and valuable interdisciplinary examination of World War 1 offers insights that reach beyond conventional military, economic, and diplomatic studies of the war and its impact, though these are addressed. It assesses the psychological, cultural, medical, and technological changes influenced or brought about by the conflict, both at the time and subsequently, and analyses the role played by that war in long-term developments in China. The information on the impact of the War on neutral Denmark gives it an interesting and rewarding perspective. Together, these essays add much to our knowledge and understanding of the wide-ranging legacy of what was, undoubtedly, the single most important event of the twentieth century – the Great War.

Alan Sharp. Emeritus Professor of International History, University of Ulster


Highly relevant and highly welcomed focus on the long shadow of the First World War.

This is a book reminding us about the fact that the Second World War was not the only motivating factor behind the process of creating the institutionalized European Cooperation in the second half of the twentieth century. It also gives us valuable insight into the  problems of meeting the challenges and threats of the perception of the nation state as the sole actor in an already then somewhat globalized world. The book is also valuable because it gives us such a multifaceted exposure of the period.

The book is a well written and rich source for insight. Professor Dosenrode deserves praise for making this important contribution to our understanding of a period of which many have probably lost track.

Poul Nielson, Former Member of the European Commission, Former Danish Minister (S) of Energy and of Development Cooperation, Honorary Professor af the University of Aalborg 

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Editor: Søren Dosenrode
Publisher: Aalborg University Press
ISBN: 978-87-7210-004-3
Pages: 342
Year of publication: 2018

This book is a part of the series Studies in History, Archives and Cultural Heritage.

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