- Why did Germany go to war in 1914?
- How did 'ordinary Germans' experience of ‘Total War’? What were the main political, economic and social consequences?
- How transformative was the First World War?
Why did Germany lose?
- Jeffrey Verhey, 'War and Revolution' in J. Retallack (ed. ) Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (OUP, 2009), pp. 242-263
- Benjamin Ziemann, 'Germany 1914–1918. Total War as a Catalyst of Change' in Helmut Walser Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (OUP, 2012)
- The Schlieffen Plan (1905)
- The "War Council" (December 1912)
- The 'Willy-Nicky' Telegrams
- Reichstag Peace Resultion (1917)
- Hindenburg's Call for a Negotiated Peace (1918)
Origins and Outbreak:
- Christopher Clark, The sleepwalkers : how Europe went to war in 1914 (New York : Harper, 2013).
- Richard Hamilton and Holger Herwig, Decisions for War, 1914-1917 (Cambridge UP, 2004), Chapter 4.
- ______________________________, War Planning 1914 (Cambridge UP, 2009), Chapter 3.
- Mark Hewitson, Germany and the causes of the First World War (Berg, 2004
- Jack S. Levy, 'The sources of preventive logic in German decision-making in 1914' in Jack S. Levy and John A. Vasquez (ed.), The Outbreak of the First World War : Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making (Cambridge UP, 2014), pp. 139-166.
- Margaret Macmillan, The war that ended peace : how Europe abandoned peace for the First World War (London : Profile Books, 2013).
- Annika Mombauer, Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War (Palgrave, 2005)
- Kieth Neilson, '1914: The German War?', European History Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 3 (2014), pp. 395-418
- T. G. Otte, The July Crisis (Cambridge UP, 2014).
- S. Williamson, ‘July 1914 Revisited and Revised: The erosion of the German Paradigm’ in Jack S. Levy and John A. Vasquez, (eds.), The Outbreak of the First World War: Structure, Politics, and Decision-Making (2014), pp. 30-62
Special edition on the Fischer Controversy 50 years later of Journal for Contemporary History (guest editor Annika Mombauer), 2013.
Volker Berghahn, Modern Germany, pp. 44-57.
Roger Chickering, Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 (Cambridge UP, 1998).
- Holger Herwig, The First World War : Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918 (2nd Edition) (Bloomsbury, 2015)
- Georg Alexander von Muller, The Kaiser and his court : the diaries, note books, and letters of Admiral Georg Alexander von Müller, chief of the naval cabinet, 1914-1918 (MacDonald, 1961)
- Matthew Stibbe, Germany 1914–1933: Politics, Society and Culture (Longman, 2010), chapters 1 and 2
- Alexander Watson, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918 (Allen Lane, 2014)
Military Histories and The Experience of War:
- Jason Crouthamel, An Intimate History of the Front – Masculinity, Sexuality and German Soldiers in the First World War (Palgrave, 2014)
- Jason Crouthamel, 'Love in the Trenches: GermanSoldiers’ Conceptions of Sexual Deviance and Hegemonic Masculinity in the First World War' in Christa Hammerle, Oswald Uberegger, and Birgitta Bader-Zaar (eds.), Gender and the First World War (Palgrave, 2014)
- Hanna Hafkesbrink, Unknown Germany : an inner chronicle of the First World War based on letters and diaries (Yale, 1948)
- Erik Ringmar,. "‘The Spirit of 1914’: A Redefinition and a Defense", War in History, Vol. 25, No. 1 (2017), pp. 1–22
- Jack Sheldon, The German Army on the Somme, 1914-1918 (Pen & Sword, 2005)
- Norman Stone, The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 (Hodder and Stoughton, 1975)
- Alexander Watson, Enduring the Great War: Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914–1918 (Cambridge UP, 2008)
The Home Front:
- Mattias Blum, 'War, food rationing, and socioeconomic inequality in Germany during the First World War', Economic History Review, 66, 4 (2013), pp. 1063–1083
- Belinda Davis, Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2000): pp. 24-47
Elisabeth Domansky, ‘Militarization and Reproduction in World War I Germany’, in Geoff Eley (ed.), Society, Culture and the State in Germany, 1871-1930, (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1996): pp. 427-464.
- Geoff Eley, ‘The SPD in War and Revolution 1914‐1919’, in Roger Fletcher (ed.), Bernstein to Brandt: A to Z Short History of German Social Democracy (Edward Arnold, 1987).
S. Gross, ‘Confidence and Gold: German War Finance 1914–1918’, Central European History, Vol. 42, No. 2, (2009) pp. 223–252
Holger Herwig, ‘Industry, Empire and the First World War’, in Gordon Martel (ed.), Modern Germany Reconsidered (London: Routledge, 1992): 33-53.
- Patrick J. Houlihan, Catholicism and the Great War: Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914–1922 (Cambridge UP, 2015)
Jürgen Kocka, Facing Total War. German Society 1914-1918 (Harvard, 1984).
- Claudia Siebrecht, 'Martial Spirit and Mobilization Myths: Bourgeois Women and the ‘Ideas of 1914’ in Germany' in Alison S. Fell and Ingrid Sharp (ed.), The women's movement in wartime: International perspectives, 1914-18 (Palgrave, 2007)
Lisa Todd, "“The Soldier's Wife Who Ran Away with the Russian”: Sexual Infidelities in World War I Germany," Central European History, 44, 2 (2011), pp. 257-278.
Richard Wall and J. Winter (eds), The Upheaval of War: Family, Work, and Welfare in Europe, 1914-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988).
- Dorothee Wierling, 'Imagining and Communicating Violence: The Correspondence of a Berlin Family, 1914–1918' in Christa Hammerle, Oswald Uberegger, and Birgitta Bader-Zaar (eds.), Gender and the First World War (Palgrave, 2014)
- David Welch, Germany and Propaganda in World War I: Pacifism, Mobilization and Total War (I. B. Tauris, 2014)