1917 by David Stevenson


1917 was a year of calamitous events, and one of pivotal importance in the development of the First World War. In 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, leading historian of World War One, David Stevenson, examines this crucial year in context and illuminates the century that followed. He shows how in this one year the war was transformed, but also what drove the conflict onwards and how it continued to escalate. Two developments in particular - the R...

Details 1917

Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherOxford University Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War I, European History

Reviews 1917

  • Joseph
    1917: War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson is the history of a single year of World War I. Stevenson studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, before receiving a Ph.D. from the same university. He became a Lecturer at the London School of Economics in 1982. In 1998, he was appointed Professor of International History. Between 2004 and 2005, he also received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship “for research on su...
  • John Plowright
    As the year of the German resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, the Zimmerman Telegram and US entry into the First World War; Passchendaele or Third Ypres, Cambrai, and the mutinies in the French Army following the failed Nivelle offensive on the Western Front; the defeat of Italy at Caporetto; the February and October revolutions in Russia; and the Balfour Declaration, 1917 was clearly a pivotal year not only in the Great War but in glob...
  • Stephanie
    Over the years, I have gone through periods of fascination (obsession?) with WW I, reading fiction and nonfiction. It’s always been something I never could quite get my hands around in terms of understanding – we learned in school about Archduke Franz Ferdinand, trench warfare, etc. but that was just skimming the surface. With the recent disaster surrounding U.S. involvement in the Middle East making me struggle to learn more about the histor...
  • Omar Ali
    I did not finish this book, but I hope to do so when I get it back from the library. What I did read was very detailed and very thoroughly researched.
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of 1917: War, Peace & Revolution by David Stevenson courtesy of Net Galley and Oxford University Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of books on World War I, but not on...
  • Gordon
    Years ago, I watched the class of one of HPA's budding master teachers, Bill Davis. One section of his English class had been devoted to WWI, the trench poets and a very fine book, Regeneration, by Pat Barker, along with a bewildering amount of research on WWI by his students. I went on to read the other two books in the trilogy and continue to study the Great War, the War to End All Wars. This book is a meticulous study of the birth of the Twent...
  • Daniel Ligon
    Detailed but dry, David Stevenson's 1917 is a thoroughly researched political history of the fourth and penultimate year of the First World War. I enjoyed the international scope of the book, but felt that it got overly bogged down in the behind-the-scenes planning and political infighting, leaving very little room for narrative about the war itself or description of the battles and conditions. Rather than being strictly chronological, 1917 moves...
  • Jason Park
    Very good history is somewhat overshadowed by dense storytelling. My full review: https://medium.com/@jpark_21/1917-war...
  • Susie
    Has made a great addition to my collation of WW 1 very informative and would make a great present for anybody interested or studying this period of history?
  • Armen
    One of the pivotal years of the 20th Century is given its due in this well written and informative book. Much in the style of other books that dealt with one year - 1865 and 1945 come to mind - David Stevenson examines the year that the US entered World War I and the Bolsheviks took over the Russian government and made peace with the Germans who were able to transfer hundreds of thousands of troops to the Western Front. It was a year that forever...