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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain Series Number 16 (Hardback)
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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain Series Number 16 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 19/02/2004
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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. In this 2004 book 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 Using a wealth of published and unpublished wartime and retrospective texts, Watson contends that participants tended to construct their experience - lived and remembered - as either work or service.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 in fact 'fighting different wars', and this process only continued in the decades following peace. Fighting Different Wars is an interesting, richly textured and multi-layered book which will be compelling reading for all those interested in the First World War.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521831536
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this is a cogently argued, important book.' BBC History
'This is a useful and thought-provoking book. Undergraduates of history and literature should be encouraged to read it both for the light it sheds on the British experience of the First World War and for the way it illustrates the contrast between strictly contemporary evidence and primary sources molded by the retrospection of just a few years. Historians should welcome it for highlighting how perceptions of the war came to be dominated by stories of disillusionment and futility. Scholarship like this will, eventually, undermine the monolithic authority of those stories and the history of the war - multifaceted and complex - will reach a wider audience.' H-Net
'This is a thoughtful piece of research and a book well worth reading.' Open History
"This is a useful and thought-provoking book. Undergraduates of history and literature should be encouraged to read it both for the light it sheds on the British experience of the First World War and for the way it illustrates the contrast between strictly contemporary evidence and primary sources molded by the retrospection of just a few years. Historians should welcome it for highlighting how perceptions of the war came to be dominated by stories of disillusionment and futility." Gervase Phillips, Manchester Metropolitan University, H-War
"Janet Watson has crafted a heavily researched [and] concisely written scholarly book." Cameraderie
"Compelling... a fresh look at the subject of war and memory and should be read by anyone interested in Britain during and after the First World War." Journal of British Studies
"...a major addition to the literature on World War I..." American Historical Review
"One of the best and most important books on the cultural history of Britain's 'Great War' yet produced... an extremely fine book." H-Albion
"Watson's book examining the impact of war on British women fills a definite gap in our knowledge of the conflict...Watson's study is highly interesting thanks to her constant awareness of the diversity of conditions and factors influencing the way a person experienced the war." Journal of Modern History Mark Connelly, University of Kent

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