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Turning Point 1917

The British Empire at War

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.


260 pages


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

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