France At War On The Frontier Of Civilization

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John Kipling was reported missing, believed killed, in his first battle on the Western Front. From this time Kipling was constantly in pain from a gastric ulcer. He published some (censored) articles of war journalism in 1915, collected as The New Army in Training and France at War.

The stories and verse that Kipling wrote at the turn of the century did much to shape public attitudes towards the British Empire and the worthiness of it's purpose. Born in Bombay, the son of an art...

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John Kipling was reported missing, believed killed, in his first battle on the Western Front. From this time Kipling was constantly in pain from a gastric ulcer. He published some (censored) articles of war journalism in 1915, collected as The New Army in Training and France at War.

The stories and verse that Kipling wrote at the turn of the century did much to shape public attitudes towards the British Empire and the worthiness of it's purpose. Born in Bombay, the son of an art teacher and illustrator, he was educated in England (a miserable experience recaptured in some of his stories) before returning to India in 1882 as a newspaper reporter.

Nine years later he came back to England with an emerging reputation as an author and poet for both adults and children. His works on Indian, imperial, military and patriotic themes enjoyed huge commercial and literary success, Plain Tales from the Hills (1888), Barrack Room Ballads (1892), The Jungle Book (1894), Just So Stories (1902), Stalky & Co. (1899), and his generally acknowledged masterpiece Kim (1901) among them. In 1915 was published..

Kipling won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. For all the success and seemingly jingoistic nature of the works, they were often double-edged in their depiction of the Raj and the British in India. Those in authority were often satirised, the ordinary soldier (his 'Tommy Atkins') was patronised, while those back in Britain were criticised for failing to comprehend the meaning and importance of Empire. Kipling subscribed to the gospels of hard work and progress as a remedy for those faults: therein lay much of his popular appeal and eventually the eclipse of his literary star.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432602369
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Poem: France 3
I. On the Frontier of Civilization 9
II. The Nation's Spirit and a New Inheritance 31
III. Battle Spectacle and a Review 50
IV. The Spirit of the People 72
V. Life in Trenches on the Mountain Side 91
VI. The Common Task of a Great People 111
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