The Routledge Atlas of the First World War (Routledge Historical Atlases)

by Martin Gilbert

The Routledge Atlas of the First World War (Routledge Historical Atlases)


From its origins to its terrible legacy, the tortuous course of the Great War is vividly set out in a series of 174 fascinating maps. Together the maps form a comprehensive and compelling picture of the war that shattered Europe, and illustrate its military, social, political and economic aspects. Beginning with the tensions that already existed, the atlas covers:

  • the early months of the war: from the fall of Belgium to the fierce fighting at Ypres and Tannenberg:
  • the developing war in Europe: from Gallipoli to the horrors of the Somme and Verdun
  • life at the front: from living underground, the trench system and the mud of Passchendaele to the war graves
  • technology and the new horrors: from phosgene gas attacks to submarines, tanks and mines
  • the home fronts: from German food riots to the air defence of Britain, the Russian Revolution and the collapse of Austria-Hungary
  • the aftermath: from war debts and war deaths to the new map of Europe.

This third edition contains an entirely new section depicting the visual remembrance of the war; a fascinating visitors' guide to the memorials that commemorate the tragedy of the Somme.