Authority, Identity and the Social History of the Great War

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Independent Scholar Frans Coetzee, Frans Coetzee, Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee
Berghahn Books, 1995 - History - 362 pages

The unprecedented scope and intensity of the First World War has prompted an enormous body of retrospective scholarship. However, efforts to provide a coherent synthesis about the war's impact and significance have remained circumscribed, tending to focus either on the operational outlines of military strategy and tactics or on the cultural legacy of the conflict as transmitted bythe war's most articulate observers. This volume departs from traditional accounts on several scores: by exploring issues barely touched upon in previous works, by deviating from the widespread tendency to treat the experiences of front and homefront isolation, and by employing a thematic treatment that, by considering the construction of authority and identity between 1914 and 1918, illuminates the fundamental question of how individuals, whether in uniform or not, endured the war's intrusion into so many aspects of their public and private lives.

 

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Contents

The Case of Italy
3
THE POLITICAL POLICE WAR AND SOCIETY IN RUSSIA
29
Popular
57
James F McMillan
113
Critiquing
133
ITALIAN WIDOWS OF THE FIRST WORLD
175
Jewish Women
199
MASCULINITY MEMORY AND THE FRENCH
251
RUSSIAN GENERAL STAFF TRAINING AND
275
The Rise of Military Aviation
305
COMMUNITIES IN MOURNING
325
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
357
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Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee teaches in the history department at George Washington University.

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