A Part of History: Aspects of the British Experience of the First World War / Edition 1

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As the last survivors die out, the First World War passes into the realm of history. This book is a consideration of various aspects of the British experience of the war in the light of more recent historiographical trends: but also a prediction of how these areas are likely to be researched and written about in the future.

The central theme is how our understanding of the war is likely to change now that first hand experience has been lost.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441155306
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Michael Howard served with the British Army in Italy during the Second World War and was awarded a Military Cross. Thereafter he established the Department of War Studies at King's College London, which he left to become first Chilchele Professor of the History of War, and then Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, ending his professional career as Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale. He has been awarded The Order of Merit and is a Companion of Honour. In addition to his own History of the First World War, his works include The Franco-Prussian War, War in European History, and most recently Liberation or Catastrophe.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Howard Howard, Michael

Ch. 1 Military Revisionism: The Case of the British Army on the Western Front Gary Sheffield Sheffield, Gary 1

Ch. 2 The British Tommy Malcolm Brown Brown, Malcolm 8

Ch. 3 Tommyrot : The Shot at Dawn Campaign and First World War Revisionism Julian Putkowski Putkowski, Julian 17

Ch. 4 Press, Propaganda and Public Perceptions Stephen Badsey Badsey, Stephen 27

Ch. 5 Gallipoli: A Stone Unturned Peter Hart Hart, Peter 36

Ch. 6 Writing about Jutland: Historiography and Hysteria Nick Hewitt Hewitt, Nick 44

Ch. 7 The British Army on the Somme: July-November 1916 Trevor Wilson Wilson, Trevor 52

Ch. 8 India and the First World War Santanu Das Das, Santanu 63

Ch. 9 Religion and the Great War Michael Burleigh Burleigh, Michael 74

Ch. 10 Forgotten Film-Makers: Britain's Official Wartime Film Propaganda Nicholas Reeves Reeves, Nicholas 82

Ch. 11 'Peace could not give back her Dead': Women and the Armistice Jane Potter Potter, Jane 91

Ch. 12 'A Museum of Man's Greatest Lunatic Folly': The Imperial War Museum and its Commemoration of the Great War, 1917-2008 Terry Charman Charman, Terry 99

Ch. 13 Anthologies of Great War Verse: Mirrors of Change Dominic Hibberd Hibberd, Dominic 107

Ch. 14 Disenchantment Revisited 115 Brian Bond Bond, Brian

Ch. 15 Life-Writing and Fiction in First World War Prose Max Saunders Saunders, Max 129

Ch. 16 Oral History and the First World War Lyn Macdonald Macdonald, Lyn 137

Ch. 17 Memorials Gavin Stamp Stamp, Gavin 142

Ch. 18 Kleenex at the Ready? Britten's War Requiem: Which War, Whose Requiem! Ian Bostridge Bostridge, Ian 153

Ch. 19 Courage, Mon AmieTerry Castle Castle, Terry 157

Ch. 20 A Biplane in Gnomeregan: Popular Culture and the First World War Esther MacCallum-Stewart MacCallum-Stewart, Esther 190

Ch. 21 A View from the Trenches: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Western Front Tony Pollard Pollard, Tony 198

Ch. 22 Remembrance Dan Todman Todman, Dan 209

Index 217

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