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

2nd Edition


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

  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108823968

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  • This revised and updated edition of The Great War in History provides the first survey of historical interpretations of the Great War from 1914 to 2020. It demonstrates how the history of the Great War has now gone global, and how the internet revolution has affected the way we understand the conflict. Jay Winter and Antoine Prost assess not only diplomatic and military studies but also the social and cultural interpretations of the war across academic and popular history, family history, and public history, including at museums, on the stage, on screen, in art, and at sites of memory. They provide a fascinating case study of the practice of history and the first survey of the ways in which the Centenary deepened and deflected both public and professional interpretations of the war. This will be essential reading for scholars and students in history, war studies, European history and international relations.

    • The first up-to-date and fully global account of historical interpretations of the Great War from 1914 to 2020
    • Charts the positive and negative effects of the digital revolution on the writing of the history of the Great War
    • Surveys how history and memory overlap, informing professional history, history in museums, in films, on stage, and in re-enactments
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108823968
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface to the English edition (2004)
    Preface to the English edition (2020)
    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: Witnesses and historians, 1918–2000
    9. A new century: the age of the internet
    10. Writing the history of the Great War, 2000–2020
    Conclusion: After the Centenary
    Select bibliography

  • Authors

    Jay Winter, Yale University, Connecticut
    Jay Winter is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, Connecticut. He is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge, 1995) and editor of The Cambridge History of the First World War (Cambridge, 2014).

    Antoine Prost, Université de Paris I
    Antoine Prost is Professor Emeritus at University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne and was President of the French Commission on the Centenary of the Great War (2012-19). He is the co-author (with Gerd Krumeich) of Verdun 1916, une histoire franco-allemande (2015) and the author of Les Anciens Combattants et la société française (1914-1939) (1977) and Les Français de la Belle Époque (2019).

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