Living on the Western Front: Annals and Stories, 1914-1919

Living on the Western Front: Annals and Stories, 1914-1919

by Chris Ward
     
 

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Living on the Western Front provides a highly original history of the settler experience in Befland ([B]ritish [E]xpeditionary [F]orce land) during the First World War. Using an unusual representational form that involves the stitching together of over a hundred extracts from primary sources, which can then in turn be read either chronologically or

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Living on the Western Front provides a highly original history of the settler experience in Befland ([B]ritish [E]xpeditionary [F]orce land) during the First World War. Using an unusual representational form that involves the stitching together of over a hundred extracts from primary sources, which can then in turn be read either chronologically or thematically, Chris Ward brilliantly depicts a sense of settlers' lives in Great War Belgium, Northern France and Germany.

Simultaneously an annal and an anthology of stories, this book tells us about landscapes, sounds, smells, food, journeys, memory and morale in the way that the Befland settlers actually lived and experienced them. The book also challenges popular conceptions of what history writing can or should be. It drags us away from the reassuringly commanding authorial voice of the conventional historical narrative towards an approach that brings a degree of uncertainty and encourages us to experiment with History and its relationship with the past in an exciting and rewarding way.

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Editorial Reviews

NYMAS A.A. Nofi

Living on the Western Front, while not a history, gives us an interesting look at how fairly ordinary people experienced history, and can be read with profit by layman or scholar alike.
StrategyPage.com A.A. Nofi

Living on the Western Front, while not a history, gives us an interesting look at how fairly ordinary people experienced history, and can be read with profit by layman or scholar alike.
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Living on the Western Front, while not a history, gives us an interesting look at how fairly ordinary people experienced history, and can be read with profit by layman or scholar alike.” —A.A. Nofi, StrategyPage.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441125026
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/06/2013
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Ward is University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Stalin's Russia.

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