Although war memoirs constitute a rich, varied literary form, they are often dismissed by historians as unreliable. This collection of essays is one of the first to explore the modern war memoir, revealing the genre's surprising capacity for breadth and sophistication while remaining sensitive to the challenges it poses for scholars. Covering conflicts from the Napoleonic era to today, the studies gathered here consider how memoirs have been used to transmit particular views of war even as they have emerged within specific social and political contexts.
Philip G. Dwyer is Professor in Modern European History and Director of the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His recent publications include Theatres of Violence: Massacre, Mass Killing and Atrocity throughout History, coedited with Lyndall Ryan (2012). His monograph Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799 (2008) won the Australian National Biography Award.
Preface Chapter 1. Making Sense of the Muddle: War Memoirs and the Culture of Remembering Philip Dwyer Chapter 2. War Memoirs, Witnessing and Silence Jay Winter Chapter 3. 'A Lively School of Writing': George Gleig, Moyle Sherer and the Romantic Military Memoir Neil Ramsey Chapter 4. 'The Tallest Pine in the Political Forest': Race and Slavery in the Confederate Veteran's Memoir, 1866-1915 Craig A. Warren Chapter 5. British Memoirs and Memories of the Great War Ian Isherwood Chapter 6. A Cog in the Machine of History? Japanese Memoirs of Total War (1937-45) Aaron William Moore Chapter 7. Post-Soviet Russian Memoirs of the Second World War Roger D. Markwick Chapter 8. Reimagining the Yugoslav Partisan Epic Vesna Drapac Chapter 9. The War That Was Not: 1948 Israeli War Memoirs Ilan Pappe Chapter 10. Remembering the 'Endless' Partition: From Memoirs about the 1947 Conflict to the Post-Memoir Tarun K. Saint Chapter 11. 'To Be Made Over': Vietnamese-American Re-education Camp Narratives Subarno Chattarji Chapter 12. Memoir Writing as Narrative Therapy: A South African Border War Veteran's Story Gary Baines Chapter 13. Pugnacity, Pain and Professionalism: British Combat Memoirs from Afghanistan, 2006-14 Joanna Bourke Index