This book explores the ramifications of 1917, arguing that it was a cataclysmic year in world history. In this volume, thirteen scholars reflect on the myriad legacies of the year 1917 as a year of war, revolution, upheaval and change. Crisscrossing the globe and drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, from military, social and economic history to museum, memory and cultural studies, the collection highlights how the First World War remains 'living history'. With contributions on the Russian revolutions, the entry of the United States into the war, the Caucasus and Flanders war fronts, as well as on India and New Zealand, and chapters by pre-eminent First World War academics, including Jay Winter, Annette Becker, and Michael Neiberg, the collection engages all with an interest in the era and in the history and commemoration of war.
Maartje Abbenhuis is Associate Professor in Modern European History at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Neill Atkinson is Chief Historian at Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand.
Kingsley Baird is Professor of Fine Arts at Massey University, New Zealand.
Gail Romano is Associate Curator at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand.
1. Introduction: Death's carnival: The myriad legacies of 1917; Maartje Abbenhuis.2. War and anxiety in 1917; Jay Winter.3. American entry into the First World War as an historiographical problem; Michael S. Neiberg.4. The Maori war effort at home and abroad in 1917; Monty Soutar.5. India's silver bullets: War loans and war propaganda, 1917-18; Radhika Singha.6. Artists and writers between tragedy and camouflage; Annette Becker.7. From Cursed Days to 'Sunstroke': The authenticity of Ivan Bunin's recollections of the Bolshevik revolution in the 1920s; Galina Rylkova.8.Temporary sahibs: Terriers in India in 1917; Peter Stanley.9. The German-Ottoman alliance, the Caucasus, and the impact of the Russian revolutions of 1917; Thomas Schmutz.10. New Zealand and 'the catastrophic year 1917'; Glyn Harper.11.1917 in Flanders fields: The seeds for the commemorative war landscape in Belgian Flanders; Piet Chielens.12. Passchendaele: Remembering and forgetting in New Zealand; Jock Phillips.13. The forgotten break in history: The First World War and the year 1917 in German commemorative culture; Gorch Pieken.Index