The Unquiet Western Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History

The Unquiet Western Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History

by Brian Bond
     
 

The First World War has been described as "the prime example of war as horror and futility." Bond (emeritus, history, King's College London) counters this interpretation with the argument that Britain's decision to enter into the war against Germany should be characterized as judicious and that its prosecution of the war was, while "painful and costly," remarkably… See more details below

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The First World War has been described as "the prime example of war as horror and futility." Bond (emeritus, history, King's College London) counters this interpretation with the argument that Britain's decision to enter into the war against Germany should be characterized as judicious and that its prosecution of the war was, while "painful and costly," remarkably successful. He locates the most successful development of anti-war "myths" about the British involvement on the Western Front as having originated in the 1960s and surveys some of the perpetuation of the "war as horror" view in 1990s literature and television. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036412
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1The Necessary War, 1914-19181
2Goodbye to All That, 1919-193327
3Donkeys and Flanders Mud: The War Rediscovered in the 1960s51
4Thinking the Unthinkable: The First World War as History75
Sir Lees Knowles (1857-1928)102
The Lees Knowles Lectures105
Notes109
Select Bibliography122
Index125

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