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Fighting different wars : experience, memory, and the First World War

Author: Janet S K Watson
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The popular idea of the First World War is a story of disillusionment and pointless loss. This vision, however, dates from well after the Armistice. Here, Janet Watson separates out wartime from retrospective accounts and contrasts war as lived experience - for soldiers, women, and non-combatants - with war as memory, comparing men's and women's responses and tracing the re-creation of the war experience in later  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Janet S K Watson
ISBN: 0521831539 9780521831536
OCLC Number: 954196464
Description: xiv, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Experience, memory, and the Great War --
pt. I. Experience and the war --
1. Soldiers and "khaki girls": men and women in military and paramilitary organizations --
2. The healing of her men: amateur and professional hospital workers --
3. Other armies: auxiliary war workers --
4. A family at war: the Beales of Standen --
pt. II. Memory and the war --
5. The soldier's story: publishing and the postwar years --
6. Creating disillusionment in popular memory --
7. Still fighting: memory enters history --
Conclusion: Climbing out of the trenches.
Series Title: Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Responsibility: Janet S.K. Watson.
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"The popular idea of the First World War is a story of disillusionment and pointless loss. This vision, however, dates from well after the Armistice. Here, Janet Watson separates out wartime from retrospective accounts and contrasts war as lived experience - for soldiers, women, and non-combatants - with war as memory, comparing men's and women's responses and tracing the re-creation of the war experience in later writings. Using a wealth of published and unpublished wartime and retrospective texts, Watson contends that participants tended to construct their experience - lived and remembered - as either work or service. In fact, far from having a united front, many active participants were "fighting different wars," and this process only continued in the decades following peace. Fighting Different Wars is an original, richly textured, and multilayered book which will be compelling reading for all those interested in the First World War."--Jacket.

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