Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies

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Jennifer Keene, Michael Neiberg
BRILL, 2011 - History - 338 pages
Representing the best of cutting-edge scholarship in First World War studies, this anthology demonstrates the possibity of finding common ground in how cultural, social, and military historians study the war. Essays focus on the decisions of commanders, inter-allied negotiations, trench culture, prisoners of war, the sailors' war, key developments along the Eastern Front, and how colonial troops experienced the war. Other essays consider the impact of the war on civilians under occupation, the creation of humanitarian relief missions, as well as how the memory of the war affected postwar pacifist movements and the problems faced by wounded veterans. Together these essays underscore how conversations among historians across international and cross-disciplinary boundaries result in dynamic and original scholarship that enhances our understanding of this global conflict. Contributers are Gear id Barry, Roger Chickering, Tim Cook, Santanu Das, Brian Feltman, Julia Eichenberg, Elizabeth Greenhalgh, Jeffrey Grey, Mark Grotelueschen, Jesse Kauffman, Branden Little, Heather Perry, Laura Rowe and David T. Zabecki.

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Why Are We Still Interested in This Old War?
Part Two Soldiers and Sailors
The Role of Rumor and the Great War Canadian Soldier
Admiralty Perceptions of and Responses to Allegations of Lower Deck Disquiet
Imperialism Nationalism and the First World War in India
The First World War Correspondence of the German Prisoners of War in the United Kingdom
Part Three Civilians under Occupation
Schools StateBuilding and National Conflict in GermanOccupied Poland 19151918
Railroads and the Operational Level of War in the German 1918 Offensives
First World War Liaison Officers and Marshal Ferdinand Foch
AngloAmerican Military Cooperation in World War I
Part Five Demobilization
Pacifism and the Militarization of Youth Culture in Marc Sangniers Peace Congresses 19231932
Medicine Industry and Total Mobilization in World War I Germany
The Dilemma of Polish Veterans Fighting War during the 1920s and 1930s

Humanitarian Relief in Europe and the Analogue of War 19141918
Part Four Rethinking the Battles

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Jennifer D. Keene, Ph.D. (1991) in History, Carnegie-Mellon University, is Chair and Professor of History at Chapman University. She has published extensively on the American involvement in World War I including Doughboys and the Remaking of America (Johns Hopkins, 2001).
Michael S. Neiberg, Ph.D. (1996 ) in History, Carnegie-Mellon University, is Professor of History at University of Southern Mississippi. He has wide-ranging publications on World War I, most notably Fighting the Great War: A Global History (Harvard, 2005)

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