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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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Sir James Edmonds and the Official History: France and Belgium

Sir James Edmonds and the Official History: France and Belgium

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(p.69) 3 Sir James Edmonds and the Official History: France and Belgium
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The First World War and British Military History
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David French

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222996.003.0004

This chapter examines the role of Sir James Edmonds, chief editor and principal compiler of the British Official History, in writing the historiography of World War I. It explains that as head of Official History, Edmonds imposed his own idiosyncratic views on how the war should be presented to the public and he guided, assisted, or obstructed those soldiers and statesmen who planned to write memoirs or histories. His most notable work was the multi-volume Military Operations France and Belgium, 1914–1918.

Keywords:   Sir James Edmonds, British Official History, World War I, historiography, Military Operations France and Belgium 1914–1918

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