Jeremy Black is professor of history at Exeter University and a 2018 Templeton Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His many books on modern war include The Age of Total War, A Century of Conflict: War, 1914-2014, and War and the World, 1450-2000.
Jeremy Black is at his best in The World at War, 1914-1945. He skillfully synthesizes the premier scholarship of recent years with the seminal works from earlier decades. The resulting survey paints history's two bloodiest conflicts not merely in broad strokes but also in fine details. -- David J. Ulbrich, co-author of Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare Jeremy Black has provided another masterful work for the understanding of modern war and history. In examining the twentieth-century world wars from the aspects of strategy, logistics and resources, operational planning, effective leadership, economics, alliance relations, and peoples and societies in conflict, he highlights the commonalities of the two wars but also challenges the long-held notion of a linear interpretation of world war from 1914 to1945. -- Stan Carpenter, US Naval War College What happened in the world of warfare between the opening guns of `The Great War' and the end of a second world war? Jeremy Black shows that attempts to tie the conflicts too closely ignore the strategic dimensions that are at least as important as battle in understanding them. His narrative spans both wars and the years between, but Black chooses land, sea, and air warfare as his organizing principles, guiding the reader smoothly through each period's biggest lessons learned or ignored by contemporaries. His clarity and logic will be very helpful to students new to the complexity of the literature on this vital era. Black's postscript is a reminder to historians and educators overly willing to succumb to the convenient notion of `The Long War' that so easily links 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. He calls that notion out for its Eurocentric frame, typical of the late twentieth century, asserting that we must view things quite differently as the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century approaches. -- Theodore F. Cook, William Paterson University of New Jersey