The World within War: America's Combat Experience in World War II / Edition 1

The World within War: America's Combat Experience in World War II / Edition 1

by Gerald F. Linderman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674962028

ISBN-13: 9780674962026

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Gerald Linderman has created a seamless and highly original social history, authoritatively recapturing the full experience of combat in World War II. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related to one another, conceived of the enemy, thought of home, and reacted to

Overview

Gerald Linderman has created a seamless and highly original social history, authoritatively recapturing the full experience of combat in World War II. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related to one another, conceived of the enemy, thought of home, and reacted to battle itself. He argues that the grim logic of protracted combat threatened soldiers not only with the loss of limbs and lives but with growing isolation from country and commanders and, ultimately, with psychological disintegration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674962026
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Battle: Expectation, Encounter, Reaction

2. Battle: Coping with Combat

3. Fighting the Germans: The War of Rules

4. Fighting the Japanese: War Unrestrained

5. Discipline: not the American Way

6. The Appeals of Battle: Spectacle, Danger, Destruction

7. The Appeals of Battle: Comradeship

8. War Front and Home Front

Conclusion: the World Within War

Notes

Reference and Bibliography

Index

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