Verdun and the Somme

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Akademiai Kiado, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
In 1916, Verdun and the Somme were two momentous military campaigns devised to break the stalemate at the Western Front, and have become, in the collective memory of the combatants, synonyms for Armageddon. They have shaped our image of the First World War. The traumatic front experience connected with these two campaigns is reflected in the war literature from both sides of the conflict. This study from the Philosophiae Doctores series analyzes British and German prose fiction written between 1916 and 1937, with different ideological points of view. The literary response to Verdun comes from German writers including Fritz von Unruh, Josef M. Wehner, Werner Beumelburg, and Arnold Zweig. The Somme perspective is provided by British authors Alec J. Dawson, Alan P. Herbert, Arthur D. Gristwood, Frederic Manning, and David Jones.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Verdun
18
Verdun as a Topic in German Literature from 19191945
52
Josef Magnus Wehner Sieben vor Verdun 1930
67
Arnold Zweig Erziehung vor Verdun 1935
77
The Crown Prince
104
The Somme
110
Conclusion
182
Fritz von Unruh
195
Alan Patrick Herbert
202
David Jones
208
Bibliography
227
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