Turning Point 1917: The British Empire at War by Douglas E. DelaneyTurning Point 1917: The British Empire at War by Douglas E. Delaney

Turning Point 1917: The British Empire at War

EditorDouglas E. Delaney, Nikolas Gardner

Hardcover | February 15, 2017

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For the British Empire and its allies of the Great War, 1917 was a year marked by one crisis after another. There was the overthrow of the Russian czar and the collapse of his massive armies, and the mutinies of the battered French army. There was also social and political upheaval on the home front, including labour unrest in Britain and opposition to conscription in Canada and Australia. But, here and there, glimmers of light pierced the gloom. Soldiers began solving the problems posed by trench warfare. The dominions, inspired by burgeoning nationalism, asserted themselves more in the councils of imperial power. And the United States finally entered the war.

Turning Point 1917 examines the British imperial war effort during the most pivotal and dynamic twelve months of the Great War. Written by internationally recognized historians from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, its chapters explore military, diplomatic, and domestic aspects of how the empire prosecuted the war. Their rich, nuanced analysis transcends narrow, national viewpoints of the conflict to examine the British Empire as a coalition rather than individual states engaged in their own distinctive struggles.

By drawing attention to the events that made 1917 a turning point, this book provides a unique perspective on the war. These events ultimately laid the groundwork for victory, strengthening the position of the British Empire relative to its enemies while, at the same time, forging arrangements to accommodate the increasingly divergent interests and identities of the dominions.

Douglas E. Delaney holds the Canada Research Chair in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of The Soldiers’ General: Bert Hoffmeister at War (2005), which won the 2007 C.P. Stacey Prize for Canadian Military History, and Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45 (2011). He is ...
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Title:Turning Point 1917: The British Empire at WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 15, 2017Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Turning Points and Tapestries / Douglas E. Delaney and Nikolas Gardner

1 Never Over by Christmas: Meeting the Challenges of Interminable War / William Philpott

2 The Blockade in 1917 / Keith Neilson

3 The Imperial Munitions Board and Merchant Shipbuilding in Canada / Chris Madsen and Michael Moir

4 A Question of Command: GHQ and the Dominions, 1917 / Ian F.W. Beckett

5 The Egyptian Expeditionary Force in 1917 / Jeffrey Grey

6 “The Willing Horse Is Being Worked to Death”: New Zealand’s Manpower Problems and Policies during 1917 / John Crawford

7 The Africanization of British Imperial Forces in the East African Campaign / Tim Stapleton

8 Vimy’s Consequence: The Montreal Anti-Conscription Disturbances, May to September 1917 / Serge Marc Durflinger

9 The British Media and the Image of the Empire in 1917 / Mark Connelly

A Few Concluding Remarks / Douglas E. Delaney and Nikolas Gardner

Selected Bibliography; Contributors; Index

Editorial Reviews

For the British Empire and its allies of the Great War, 1917 was a year marked by crises. But here and there glimmers of light pierced the gloom. Soldiers began solving the problems posed by trench warfare. The dominions asserted themselves in the councils of imperial power. And the US finally entered the war. This book examines the British imperial war effort during the most pivotal and dynamic twelve months of the war. Written by internationally recognized historians, its chapters explore military, diplomatic, and domestic aspects of how the empire prosecuted the war. Their rich, nuanced analysis transcends narrow, national viewpoints to provide a multi-faceted perspective of events that laid the groundwork for victory.Turning Point 1917 combines classic military history with studies of social factors and cultural dimensions to look at how events in 1917 marked not only a turning point in the Great War but also in the relationships between Britain and the dominions. This is a very important volume. - Jonathan F.W. Vance, Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair, Department of History, Western University