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The Great War in History

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


Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521850834


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  • A vast amount of literature has emerged on the First World War and its repercussions since the Armistice. Two leading historians therefore present this comparative analysis of the ways in which the history has been written and interpreted. Identifying three generations of historians, literary scholars, film directors and writers who have commented upon the war, they assess social and cultural interpretations as well as diplomatic and military studies, seen primarily through the eyes of French, German and British writers.

    • A fully comparative analysis of the writing of the history of the First World War
    • Written together by a French and an American historian, both leading figures of the social and cultural history of the First World War
    • This study is interdisciplinary in its approach, addressing political, military, economic, social, and cultural historiographies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " outstanding historiographical study...the book is a very well written, well researched, and interesting study--a must read for advanced history students who are interested in a comparative analysis of World War I or preparing for comprehensive exams."

    "This is a book for historians, students, and serious buffs. It is as much about the nature of historical inquiry as it has evolved in twentieth century Britain, France, and Germany as it is about various interpretations of the meaning of war. This kind of comparative analysis over such a huge and varied literature is rare, perhaps unprecedented, and certainly welcome. A rich and fascinating book, it deserves a wide readership."
    -History: Review of New Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521850834
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • The First World War
  • Authors

    Jay Winter, Yale University, Connecticut
    Jay Winter is Professor of History at Yale University. He is a specialist on the First World War and its impact on the 20th century. His numerous publications include Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1996) and 1914–1918. The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1998).

    Antoine Prost, Université de Paris I
    Antoine Prost is Professor of History at the Université de Paris I. He is the author and editor of several books, including Republican Identities in War and Peace, Representations of France in the 19th and 20th Centuries (2002) and The Emergence of European Trade Unionism (with Jean-Louis Robert and Chris Wrigley, 2004).

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