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The Great War in History: Debates and Controversies, 1914 to the Present

(Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

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A vast amount of literature has emerged on the First World War and its repercussions since the Armistice. Two leading historians therefore present this comparative analysis of the ways in which the history has been written and interpreted. Identifying three generations of historians, literary scholars, film directors and writers who have commented upon the war, they assess ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published July 21st 2005)
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May 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I know I'm giving this a higher rating than most, but I have found this to be a very useful book; and find myself reading it again. This is not a book for beginning WW1 historians or those just casually interested. Such readers might find this book quite dull -- because this isn't WW1 is a historiographical study of the history of the First World War, suggesting three major "historiographical configurations" to the way the war has been studied.

In a way it's like a great annotated bi
Historiography isn't always the most exciting topic to read about but these authors bring some interesting issues and conclusions into the fold. The three generations of historiography were interesting along with the ways each nation interprets their role in World War I. It would have been nice to include some more information regarding public history and memorials. However this may have taken away from the authors focus around written works.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a translation of a French text, and the principle focus is French. However, it does broaden out beyond that to an analysis of other European perspectives of the war. The result shows just how much of history really comes down to interpretation.
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