The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present
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The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present

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ISBN-13:
9780521850834
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.2005
Seiten:
250
Autor:
Jay Winter
Gewicht:
521 g
Format:
236x159x27 mm
Serie:
21, Studies in the Social and Cult
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This 2005 book is a fully comparative history of the writing of the history of the Great War.
The first fully comparative history of the writing of the history of the Great War.
Preface; Introduction; 1. Three historiographical configurations; 2. Politicians and diplomats: why war and for what aims?; 3. Generals and ministers: who commanded and how?; 4. Soldiers: how did they wage war?; 5. Businessmen, industrialists and bankers: how was the economic war waged?; 6. Workers: did war prevent or provoke revolution?; 7. Civilians: how did they make war and survive it?; 8. Agents of memory: how did people live between remembrance and forgetting?; 9. The Great War in history; Bibliography; Index.
Since the Armistice, a vast literature has been produced on the First World War and its repercussions. In this 2005 book, two leading historians from the United States and France have produced a fully comparative analysis of the ways in which this history has been written and interpreted. The book identifies three generations of historians, literary scholars, film directors and writers who have commented upon the war. Through a thematic structure, it assesses not only diplomatic and military studies but also the social and cultural interpretations of the Great War as seen primarily through the eyes of French, German and British writers. It provides a fascinating case study of the practice of history in the twentieth century and of the enduring importance of the national lens in shaping historical narrative. This interesting study will prove invaluable reading to scholars and students in history, war studies, European history and international relations.