State, Society and Mobilization in Europe during the First World War / Edition 1

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This is a volume of comparative essays on the First World War which focuses on one central feature: the political and cultural 'mobilization' of the populations of the main belligerent counties in Europe behind the war. It explores how and why they supported the war for so long as soldiers and civilians, why that support weakened in the face of the devastation of trench warfare, and why states with a stronger degree of political support and national integration such as Britain and France were ultimately successful.
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"This is new social history and deals with the culture battles fought out within as well as among the belligerent powers, at home and in the trenches, during th eGreat War. ...the research is uniformly competent. ,,,these essays do integrate current historiography with new or previously underutilized sources and remind us that often the most important things in a war do not occur on the battlefield." Daniel R. Beaver, Military History

"This volume is a state-of-the-art encapsulation of research into European society during the period. The editor is to be congratulated for ensuring the snug fit of all of the substantially revised contributions (only half of those given at the conference) into a comparative study of the cultural and poltical mobilization of European societies. This is an important work, innovative in its research and nuanced in its conclusions." J.F.V. Keiger, The International History Review

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: mobilizing for 'total war', 1914-1918 1
I National ideals 19
2 German artists, writers and intellectuals and the meaning of war, 1914-1918 21
3 Children and the primary schools of France, 1914-1918 39
4 War, 'national education' and the Italian primary school, 1915-1918 53
II Solidarities and minorities 71
5 Mobilizing labour and socialist militants in Paris during the Great War 73
6 Between integration and rejection: the Jewish community in Germany, 1914-1918 89
7 Wackes at war: Alsace-Lorraine and the failure of German national mobilization, 1914-1918 105
III Army and nation 123
8 Discipline and morale in the British army, 1917-1918 125
9 Remobilizing the citizen-soldier through the French army mutinies of 1917 144
10 The German army, the authoritarian nation-state and total war 160
11 Morale and patriotism in the Austro-Hungarian army, 1914-1918 173
IV The limits and consequences of mobilization 193
12 Remobilizing for 'total war': France and Britain, 1917-1918 195
13 Mobilization and demobilization in Germany, 1916-1919 212
14 The Italian experience of 'total' mobilization, 1915-1920 223
Notes 241
Index 287
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