The Great Adventure: Male Desire and the Coming of World War I (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Nov 22, 1990 - History
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In 1914 Europe descended into a slaughter unlike anything that had been seen before. Yet, far from seeing the conflict as a tragedy, many men welcomed it as a healthy development for society, a relief from peace. The Great Adventure explores the intellectual trends that made war seem a natural and high expression of social values. This is not a book about the specific causes of World War I, but a study of the mood in which it could take place.

What the book uncovers is a complex of deeply ingrained attitudes about manhood, sex, power, maturity, boredom, and war that defined a culture in which war came to be seen as a positive option. Although the book focuses on attitudes in Great Britain and the United States of nearly a century ago, it makes a remarkably contemporary statement about men, women, and the culture of war., reviewing a previous edition or volume

  

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Contents

Responses to Change
1
Separation of the Sexes
9
THREE Male Games
36
War and Male Fulfillment
47
Peter Pans
85
EIGHT The Best Place to Be
101
NINE GoodBye to All That?
113
RETROSPECT
134
Notes
141
Index
163
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