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

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

By: Michael Howard (contributor)Paperback

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How will our understanding of the First World War change as first-hand experiences are lost? This question is explored by leading historians and experts. 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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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.


Introduction - Michael Howard; 1. Military Revisionism: the Case of the British Army on the Western Front - Gary Sheffield; 2. The British Tommy - Malcolm Brown; 3. Press, Propoaganda, and Public Perceptions - Stephen Badsey; 4. Gallipoli: A Stone unturned - Peter Hart; 5. Writing about Jutland: Historiogrpahy and Hysteria - Nick Hewitt; 6. The Somme - Trevor Wilson; 7. Anti-revisionism and WW1: Pardons for Those Shot at Dawn - Julian Putkowski; 8. India and the First World War - Santanu Das; 9. Religion and the Great War - Michael Burleigh; 10. Forgotten Film-makers: Britain's Official Wartime Film Propaganda - Nicholas Reeves; 11. Memorials - Gavin Stamp; 12. WW1 and the Imperial War Museum - Terry Charman; 13. Disenchantment Revisited - Brian Bond; 14. 'Peace could not give back her Dead': Women and the Armistice - Jane Potter; 15. Anthologies of Great War verse: mirrors of change - Dominic Hibberd; 16. Life-Writing and Fiction in First World War Prose - Max Saunders; 17. Oral History and the First World War - Lyn Macdonald; 18. Britten's War Requiem - Ian Bostridge; 19. Courage, mon amie - Terry Castle; 20. A Biplane in Gnomeregan: Popular Culture and the First World War - Esther MacCallum-Stewart; 21. Remembrance - Dan Todman; 22. WW1 and Archaeology - Tony Pollard.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/11/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781441155306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781441155306
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 1441155309

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