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Beckett, I. F. W. (Ian Frederick William)

Works: 111 works in 485 publications in 2 languages and 14,096 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Encyclopedias  Biographies  Popular works  Sources  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: D521, 355.00941
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by I. F. W Beckett
1917 : beyond the Western Front by I. F. W Beckett( )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The growing military, political and socio-economic costs for all belligerents as the Great War entered its fourth year were increasingly evident, liberal democracies and authoritarian states alike having to remobilise public opinion for yet greater sacrifices. While the Western Front was facing these challenges, 1917 was also marked by the collapse of Tsarist Russia and by food riots resulting both from the Entente's blockade of Central Europe and the revival of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Central Powers. Ottoman Turkey was feeling the strain of war as well, as British forces advanced in both Palestine and Mesopotamia. For states as yet uncommitted to war, such as the United States and China, 1917 was a year of decision. This volume amply illustrates the significance of this crucial year in the global conflict"--Page 4 of cover
The making of the First World War by I. F. W Beckett( )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An original and spellbinding reinterpretation of the most significant events of the Great War
The Oxford illustrated history of the British Army( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From longbow, pike, and musket to Challenger tanks, from the Napoleonic Wars to the Gulf campaign, the Duke of Marlborough to Field Marshal Montgomery, The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army recounts the history of the British army from its medieval antecedents to the present day. Drawing on the latest scholarship, this survey shows how British fighting forces have evolved over the last five centuries. The continuities revealed are sometimes surprising: narrow recruitment patterns, friction between soldiers and civilians, financial constraints and recurrent political pressure for economies are constant themes. Commanders, campaigns, battles, organization, and weaponry are covered in detail within the wider context of the social, economic, and political environment in which armies exist and fight. The British army has been remarkably successful in fighting terms, losing only one major war (of American Independence 1775-83). As one of the engines of empire it has been active all over the world, as well as shaping the internal destiny of the nation in civil war and revolution. Its history is charted in a sequence of chronological chapters, each containing special feature articles, beginning with the medieval, Elizabethan, and Restoration army and moving on through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the two world wars of the twentieth. The book concludes with accounts of the army of British India, the amateur military tradition, the British way in warfare, and an assessment of what the future may hold in the light of the Options for Change review. Extensively illustrated in black and white and colour, and with a detailed chronology and further reading lists, this is the definitive one-volume history of the British army for specialists and non-specialists alike
The Great War, 1914-1918 by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great War is probably the most widely read about and most widely misunderstood conflict of our times. The history of this era is not simply one of military manoeuvres and battle weary soldiers but one with transformatory implications for world politics, economics, human psychology, culture, technology and innovation. In this seminal work, [the author] challenges the clichéd images of the Great War that have come to dominate popular culture. Rather than dismissing the War as an exercise in mindless futility, he argues that on the contrary it was vital to the national interests of its participants, and shows how what originated as a European affair became a global event involving not only the extended colonial empires of European nations but also Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, Latin America and the United States. For victors and vanquished alike the treacherous course of this conflict set the stage for far-reaching economic, social and political change. In this tumultuous period the creation of new frontiers and new balances of power allowed strong national identities to develop and new varieties of political thought to materialise and ultimately provided the conditions for Fascist and Communist revolution and occupation in the decades that followed.-Back cover
Encyclopedia of guerrilla warfare by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An encyclopedia of articles examining guerrilla warfare throughout the world, focusing on military tactics utilized by minority groups within a state or indigenous population to oppose the ruling government or foreign occupying forces
A Nation in arms : a social study of the British Army in the First World War by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great War was the first conflict to draw men and women into uniform on a massive scale. From a small regular force of barely 250,000, the British Army rapidly expanded into a national force of over five million. A Nation in Arms brings together original research into the impact of the war on the army as an institution, gives a revealing account of those who served in it and offers fascinating insights into its social history during one of the bloodiest wars
Modern insurgencies and counter-insurgencies : guerrillas and their opponents since 1750 by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies explores how unconventional warfare tactics have opposed past and present governments all over the world, from eighteenth-century guerrilla warfare to the urban terrorism of today. Insurgency remains one of the most prevalent forms of conflict and presents a crucial challenge to the international community, governments and the military. In addition to examining the tactics of guerrilla leaders such as Lawrence, Mao, Guevara and Marighela, Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies also analyses the counter-insurgency theories of Gallieni, Callwell, Thompson and Kitson. It explores such conflicts as: * the American War of Independence * Napoleon's campaign in Spain * the wars of decolonisation * the superpowers in Vietnam and Afghanistan * conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Colombia
Southeast Asia from 1945 by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses, in text and illustrations, the events in the various countries of Southeast Asia from 1945 to the present including the causes, events, and outcome of the war in Vietnam
Armed forces & modern counter-insurgency by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

13 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Søgeord: Guerilla Warfare; Militære Styrker; Partisanbevægelser; Oprør; Opstande; Revolutioner; Guerillabevægelser; Civil Modstand; Counter Insurgency; Væbnet Modstand; Insurrection; Vietnamkrigen; Franske Hær; Engelske Hær; Portugisiske Kolonier; Engelske Kolonier; Afrika; Cypern; Nordirland; Aden; Malaya; Kenya; Oman; Cambodia; Algier; VC; Viet Kong; NATO; UN; FN; Zimbabwe; ZIPRA; Angola; SWAPO; ARVN; Fremmedlegionen; Tchad; EOKA; Congo; DIA; CIDG; CIA; IIBG; Honduras; Helikoptere; Yemen; PFLOAG; OAU; Nordvietnam; Sydvietnam; US Army; Urban Guerilla Warfare; Thompson, Robert; SAF; Salazar; SADF; SFA; Westmoreland, W.; Zambia; ZANU; Vorster, J
Insurgency in Iraq : by I. F. W Beckett( )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The continuing proliferation of insurgent organizations suggests that insurgency is still widely perceived as an effective means either of achieving power and influence, or of bringing a cause to the notice of an international or national community. The end of European decolonization and the collapse of the Soviet Union together removed the motivational impulse for much conflict between the late 1940s and the late 1980s. However, new ideological, political, and commercial imperatives are now encouraging intrastate conflict and insurgency amid the breakdown of the international bipolar political system and the emergence of identity politics and of many more nonstate actors. This monograph considers the patterns of insurgency in the past by way of establishing how much the conflict in Iraq conforms to previous experience. In particular, the author compares and contrasts Iraq with previous Middle Eastern insurgencies such as those in Palestine, Aden, the Dhofar province of Oman, Algeria, and Lebanon. He suggests that there is much that can be learned from British, French, and Israeli experience
Home front, 1914-1918 : how Britain survived the Great War by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The First World War was the first conflict to mobilize all Britain, and this new Home Front affected the lives of every man, woman and child. While George V was issued with a ration card, thousands of ordinary women took up jobs traditionally done by men. And aerial bombardment made the effects of war astonishingly real. Discover here the varied and often surprising ways in which the people of Britain lived through it all. --From publisher's description
Citizen soldiers and the British Empire, 1837-1902 by I. F. W Beckett( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British amateur military tradition of raising auxiliary forces for home defence long preceded the establishment of a standing army. This was a model that was widely emulated in British colonies. This volume of essays seeks to examine the role of citizen soldiers in Britain and its empire during the Victorian period
The Victorians at war by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The men of the Victorian army were involved in wars and policing wherever British interests demanded it, whether in Canada, the Crimea, Afghanistan or the Sudan. This title looks at the men and their leaders, using particular incidents and battles to show how the army lived and fought
Ypres : the first battle, 1914 by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"But it has also been mythologised from the German perspective, the so called kindermord (slaughter of the innocents) providing a useable myth for the Nazis through the participation of the young Adolf Hitler. In the first study of First Ypres for almost 40 years, Ian F.W. Beckett draws on a wide range of previously neglected sources to reappraise the conduct of the battle, its significance and its legacy."--Jacket
Rommel : a reappraisal by I. F. W Beckett( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How should history judge the life and career of Erwin Rommel, the most famous German general of the Second World War, 70 years after his death on 14 October 1944? In his own time and in the years immediately after the war his reputation as a great and chivalrous commander grew to the point where it took on almost legendary proportions, and the legend is still with us today. His support for the plot to remove Hitler from power in 1944 and the manner of his death, committing suicide in order to protect his family from Nazi retribution, further enhanced his image as an honourable, professional soldier. But does he deserve this legendary status? This book explores this question
Haig's Generals by I. F. W Beckett( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"British generals of the First World War have ... played key roles in a complex, painful process, but their contribution has been neglected and often they have been overshadowed by the attention paid to Douglas Haig, their commander in chief. [This book] throws the spotlight onto these individuals, assesses their careers and characters, looks critically at their performance in command and examines their relationship with their subordinates and with Haig, himself"--Jacket
The American Civil War : the war correspondents by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the American Civil War as it was reported by journalists of the time, with commentary which sheds light on the political and social background as well as the military campaigns
The Oxford History of the British Army( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to British military history : the subject and the sources by I. F. W Beckett( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What exactly is military history? Forty years ago it meant battles, campaigns, great commanders, drums and trumpets. It was largely the preserve of military professionals and was used to support national history and nationalism. Now, though, the study of war has been transformed by the 'war and society' approach, by the examination of identity, memory and gender, and a less Euro-centric and more global perspective. Generally it is recognised that war and conflict must be integrated into the wider narrative of historical development, and this is why Ian Beckett's research guide is such a useful tool for anyone working in this growing field. It introduces students to all the key debates, issues and resources. While European and global perspectives are not neglected, there is an emphasis on the British experience of war since 1500. This survey of British military history will be essential reading and reference for anyone who has a professional or amateur interest in the subject, and it will be a valuable introduction for newcomers to it."
The British Army and the First World War by I. F. W Beckett( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a major new history of the British army during the Great War written by three leading military historians. Ian Beckett, Timothy Bowman and Mark Connelly survey operations on the Western Front and throughout the rest of the world as well as the army's social history, pre-war and wartime planning and strategy, the maintenance of discipline and morale and the lasting legacy of the First World War on the army's development. They assess the strengths and weaknesses of the army between 1914 and 1918, engaging with key debates around the adequacy of British generalship and whether or not there was a significant 'learning curve' in terms of the development of operational art during the course of the war. Their findings show how, despite limitations of initiative and innovation amongst the high command, the British army did succeed in developing the effective combined arms warfare necessary for victory in 1918" ; "Studies of the British army's role in the Great War started long before the Armistice as instant histories were produced of the great battles, but as might be expected these were driven by largely propagandist aims and so provided little in the way of analytical insight. During the 1920s the role of the BEF was covered in various works, but was mostly dominated by the view from the top, which occasionally took the form of overt point-scoring, as was most famously seen in the memoirs of Lord French and David Lloyd George."
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The Oxford illustrated history of the British Army
The Oxford illustrated history of the British ArmyThe Great War, 1914-1918Encyclopedia of guerrilla warfareModern insurgencies and counter-insurgencies : guerrillas and their opponents since 1750Home front, 1914-1918 : how Britain survived the Great WarThe Victorians at warYpres : the first battle, 1914Haig's GeneralsThe Oxford History of the British Army
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