As I mentioned in a previous post (“God Smiles”), I’m playing catch-up with the site after having spent more than eight months with a broken ankle. It’s true that I could have made a lot more progress, since I spent 23 hours a day in a bed, but it was difficult to get all of the notes and materials gathered from my office. While I was recuperating, I spent most of my time doing a lot of commercial writing to help keep money coming in. In any case, now that I’m up and about (sort of), I can concentrate more on the project. Certainly, I’m not going to complain about my minor problem when I can compare it to what others suffered, both a century ago and currently during deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The good news is that I have broken the 1,000 citation mark for the bibliography. I estimate that, eventually, there will be about 8,000 citations in the bibliography: about 2,000 to 3,000 electronic books, with the rest just tables of contents. In case you’re wondering, I’m including the tables of contents since they provide quite a bit of detail about the books, so people can decide if the book is worth buying or bothering to interlibrary loan.
To get those 8,000 citations, it will be necessary to go through approximately 180,000 citations for books in English about the war. At the rate I’m going, it will probably be about mid-2015 before that is accomplished. In the meantime, the citations listed in the bibliography-in-progress can provide some useful information. A new list of web sites on the Great War has just been added — if you know of a good website, please send me the URL via the mail via the “Contact Me” tab at the top of the page.
A new page containing citations for bibliographies on the war will soon be posted. Yes, a bibliography of bibliographies. They do exist, and for a wide range of subjects. In fact, I’ve often wondered why nobody has ever compiled a bibliography of bibliographies of bibliographies… Never mind. It’s too much like a snake swallowing its own tail.