World War I Anniversary


Oxford commemorates The Centennial of World War I with an array of freely accessible content including quotations, timelines, quick reference entries, and more.

Start exploring the hundreds of reference entries that offer assessment and analysis of the key episodes, issues, and actors in the military history of the United States. A notable title in this field The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History is available to institutions and libraries through title-by-title purchase.






"Meet the Experts" Film Series: Spotlight on Editor Christopher Nichols

Assistant Professor of History at Oregon State University Christopher McKnight Nichols discusses the importance of American military history scholarship through the lens of his edited title The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History on Oxford Reference.



Read more from Professor Nichols on the Oxford University Press Blog, including his latest posts: Consequences of the Truman Doctrine and Nuclear Strategy and Proliferation After the Cold War


New Infographic: World War I: A History in Quotations


World War I - Sample Quotations From:

  1. "The world must be made safe for democracy."
    - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) speech to Congress (2 April 1917)
  2. "In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill."
    - Winston Churchill (1874-1965) at the conclusion of the first World War
  3. "Your country needs you."
    - Alfred Leete (1882-1933) slogan on First World War recruitment poster, 1914, showing Lord Kitchener pointing.
  4. "What Price Glory."
    Laurence Stallings (1894-1968) title of antiwar play about World War I, 1924
  5. "First in the fight. Always faithful."
    recruiting poster, World War I  
  6. "And quiet flows the Don"
    title of novel (1934), describing the impact of the First World War, revolution, and civil war on Cossack life
    - Mikhail Sholokhov (1905-84) Russian novelist
  7. "All a soldier needs to know is how to shoot and salute."
    John Pershing (1860 - 1948) After commanding the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in WWI, Pershing served as army chief of staff from 1921 until his retirement in 1924.
  8. "One began to hear it said that World War I was the chemists' war, World War II was the physicists' war, World War III (may it never come) will be the mathematicians' war."

All quotations within Oxford Essential Quotations are freely accessible to global users, as part of Oxford Reference's unique approach to making scholarly content discoverable.


World War I: Timelines

  1. Timeline: First World War
  2. Timeline: War 
  3. Timeline: US Presidents
  4. Timeline: North America


World War I: Sample Entries

  1. World War I (1914-18) World Encyclopedia
  2. War Literature: World War I The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature
  3. World War I The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
  4. First World War: The Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy
  5. World War I Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to Present
  6. World War I Black Women in America (2nd Ed)
  7. World War I The Oxford Companion to United States History
  8. World War I: Poetry The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature