Other Combatants, Other Fronts: Competing Histories of the First World War

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The First World War is a subject that still fascinates the public as well as the academy. In recent years the historiography associated with the period has expanded to include studies whose emphasis ranges from the economic, social, cultural, literary and imperial impacts of the war, all coinciding with revisions to perceptions of its military context. The chapters included in this book represent research that presses at the edge of existing scholarship, undertaken across disciplinary and national boundaries. ...

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Overview

The First World War is a subject that still fascinates the public as well as the academy. In recent years the historiography associated with the period has expanded to include studies whose emphasis ranges from the economic, social, cultural, literary and imperial impacts of the war, all coinciding with revisions to perceptions of its military context. The chapters included in this book represent research that presses at the edge of existing scholarship, undertaken across disciplinary and national boundaries. They explore the question of what 'total war' meant for the lives of people around the world implicated in this momentous event Overall the book sheds light on the mechanisms that ensured that this was a global war with a legacy-positive and negative, and often surprising-that remains relevant to our understanding of war as a vast and unwieldy, and ultimately very human, phenomenon.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781443827379
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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James E. Kitchen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland, working on the 'Limits of Demobilisation: Paramilitary Violence in Europe and the Wider World, 1917-1923' European Research Council project. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where he obtained a DPhil in 2010 for his thesis entitled 'Morale and the Role of Military Identity in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force: The Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-1918'. He has published articles on the Indian Army in Palestine and crusading rhetoric amongst British imperial soldiers serving in the Middle East during the First World War, and is currently working on a monograph based on his thesis. Alisa Miller studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK before obtaining her DPhil from Christ Church, Oxford in 2008, for her thesis entitled 'Poetry, politics and propaganda: Rupert Brooke and the role of patriotic poetry in Great Britain, 1914-1918'. She has published articles on poetry and war culture in the United States and Great Britain, and is currently working on a monograph based on her thesis, as well as a book on how the First World War was taught in Europe and the United States over the course of the twentieth century. She also works for the higher education representative body, GuildHE, in London, heading up the CREST (Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training). Laura Rowe completed her BA in Modern History and MSt in Historical Studies at Worcester College, Oxford in the UK. After taking a year away from academia to learn German she moved to the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. There she undertook a PhD thesis entitled 'Morale and Discipline in the Royal Navy during the First World War'. Following completion of her PhD she was award the Alan Pearsall Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Naval History at the University of Exeter in September 2009. She has published chapters on the Admiralty's perspective on lower-deck unrest, and on the naval courts-martial from the First World War. She is currently working on a monograph based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword: John Home xiii

Introduction James E. Kitchen Alisa Miller Laura Rowe xvii

Section I Alternative Mobilisations

Chapter 1 From Peacetime to Wartime: The Sicilian Province of Catania and Italian Intervention in the Great War, June 1914 - September 1915 Sean Brady 3

Chapter 2 'The Aims of Science are the Antithesis to those of War': Academic Scientists at War in Britain and France, 1914-18 Tomás Irish 29

Chapter 3 'Faithful unto Death': Commemorating Jack Cornwell's Service in the Battle of Jutland Mary Conley 55

Section II Issues of Neutrality

Chapter 4 'A Wonderful Something': The Netherlands and the War in 1914 Conny Kristel 79

Chapter 5 Government by Committee: Dutch Economic Neutrality and the First World War Samuël Kruizinga 99

Chapter 6 La Suisse pendant la Grande Guerre, 'front de la dissidence' et plate-forme d'éxchanges franco-allemands Landry Charrier 125

English Translation Michael P.M. Finch 145

Section III Race, National Identity and the Experience of War

Chapter 7 Challenging European Colonial Supremacy: The Internment of 'Enemy Aliens' in British and German East Africa during the First World War Daniel Steinbach 153

Chapter 8 'Racial' Mixing of Prisoners of War in the First World War Timothy L. Schroer 177

Chapter 9 The Recruiter's Eye on 'The Primitive': To France - and Back - in the Indian Labour Corps, 1917-18 Radhika Singha 199

Chapter 10 Beyond the bonhomme Banania: Lucie Cousturier's Encounters with West African Soldiers during the First World War Alison S. Fell 225

Section IV Legacies of Violence

Chapter 11 From 'Skagerrak' to the 'Organisation Consul': War Culture and the Imperial German Navy, 1914-22 Mark Jones 249

Chapter 12 Perceptions of the First World War in Turkish Autobiography Philipp Wirtz 275

Chapter 13 Fighting the Alien Problem in a British Country: Returned Soldiers and Anti-alien Activism in Wartime Canada, 1916-19 Nathan Smith 293

Biographies 319

Index 323

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