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The First World War and British Military History$
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Brian Bond

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222996.001.0001

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‘The Real War’: Liddell Hart, Cruttwell, and Falls

‘The Real War’: Liddell Hart, Cruttwell, and Falls

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(p.41) 2 ‘The Real War’: Liddell Hart, Cruttwell, and Falls
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The First World War and British Military History
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Hew Strachan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222996.003.0003

This chapter compares the works of influential historians B. H. Liddell Hart, C. R. M. F. Cruttwell, and Cyril Falls on the historiography of World War I. It suggests that the pre-war and wartime experiences of these historians influenced their initial approach to writing war history. It explains that Liddell Hart became increasingly critical of the whole Western Front campaign while Cruttwell was deferential on this point. Falls, on the hand, was able to prepare a balanced and unjustly neglected masterpiece.

Keywords:   World War I, history writing, historiography, B. H. Liddell Hart, C. R. M. F. Cruttwell, Cyril Falls, Western Front

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