Finding Common Ground

New Directions in First World War Studies

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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 Gearóid 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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Biographical Note

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)

Table of contents

Preface
Jeffrey Grey ... ix
Introduction: Who Owns the Battlefield?
Jennifer D. Keene and Michael S. Neiberg ....xi
List of Contributors .... xvii

Part One: Setting the Stage
1. Why Are We Still Interested in This Old War?
Roger Chickering.. 3

Part Two: Soldiers and Sailors
2. Black-hearted Traitors, Crucified Martyrs, and the Leaning Virgin: The Role of Rumor and the Great War Canadian Soldier
Tim Cook.. 21
3. “Their Lordships Regret That…”: Admiralty Perceptions of and Responses to Allegations of Lower Deck Disquiet
Laura Rowe.. 43
4. Imperialism, Nationalism and the First World War in India
Santanu Das... 67
5. Letters from Captivity: The First World War Correspondence of the German Prisoners of War in the United Kingdom
Brian K. Feltman... 87

Part Three: Civilians under Occupation
6. Schools, State-Building, and National Conflict in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918
Jesse Kauffman... 113
7. Humanitarian Relief in Europe and the Analogue of War, 1914-1918
Branden Little... 139

Part Four: Re-Thinking the Battles
8. Railroads and the Operational Level of War in the German 1918 Offensives
David T. Zabecki... 161
9. Liaisons not so Dangerous: First World War Liaison Officers and Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Elizabeth Greenhalgh.. 187
10. The Junior Partner: Anglo-American Military Cooperation in World War I
Mark E. Grotelueschen.. 209

Part Five: Demobilization
11. “The Crusade of Youth.”: Pacifism and the Militarization of Youth Culture in Marc Sangnier’s Peace Congresses, 1923-32
Gearoid Barry... 239
12. Militarizing the Disabled: Medicine, Industry, and “Total Mobilization” in World War I Germany
Heather R. Perry... 267
13. “Suspicious Pacifists”: The Dilemma of Polish Veterans Fighting War during the 1920s and 1930s
Julia Eichenberg... 293

Bibliography.. 313
Index... 331

Readership

All those interested in World War I, or the impact of war on society. Selected essays will appeal to those interested in civilians under occupation, soldiers' frontline experiences, colonial troops, prisoners of war, and the memory of war.

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