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Expeditionary Forces in the First World War

  • Alan Beyerchen
  • Emre Sencer

About this book


When war engulfed Europe in 1914, the conflict quickly took on global dimensions. Although fighting erupted in Africa and Asia, the Great War primarily pulled troops from around the world into Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Amid the fighting were large numbers of expeditionary forces—and yet they have remained largely unstudied as a collective phenomenon, along with the term “expeditionary force” itself. 

This collection examines the expeditionary experience through a wide range of case studies. They cover major themes such as the recruitment, transport, and supply of far-flung troops; the cultural and linguistic dissonance, as well as gender relations, navigated by soldiers in foreign lands; the political challenge of providing a rationale to justify their dislocation and sacrifice; and the role of memory and memorialization. Together, these essays open up new avenues for understanding the experiences of soldiers who fought the First World War far from home.


Great War British Expeditionary Force BEF American Expeditionary Forces AEF World Wars Ottoman Empire German Expeditionary Forces women in World War I World War I nurses German occupation venereal disease French Indochina Salonika Macedonian front Ottoman-German Relations Freikorps memorialization war memorials

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Beyerchen
    • 1
  • Emre Sencer
    • 2
  1. 1.PortlandUSA
  2. 2.Knox CollegeGalesburgUSA

About the editors

Alan Beyerchen is an emeritus faculty member of the History Department at Ohio State University, USA. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Emre Sencer is Associate Professor of History at Knox College, USA. He is the author of Order and Insecurity in Germany and Turkey: Military Cultures of the 1930s (2017).

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