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Anna Branach-Kallas

2011 : 1). Rather than integrative, it is a form of “disjunctive” knowledge not only because it separates the veterans from those who do not fight, but also because it renders worthless their earlier assumptions and beliefs (Leed 1979 : 75). Riley has lost his faith in the moral meaning of war, which

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Anna Branach-Kallas and Piotr Sadkowski

beginning of the conflict, the Bloomsbury aesthetes opposed the war. None of the men of military age connected with the group volunteered for the army; many performed alternative services or were imprisoned by the military authorities for their non-combatant beliefs. In his pacifist essays, Clive Bell, for

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Anna Branach-Kallas and Piotr Sadkowski

world. The conviction that war was fought for pure ideals transformed the volunteer into a man of community, ready to sacrifice his private ego for a common cause (Leed 1979 : 55; 205). The belief in courage, glory and honour united thousands of men all over the world as they joined the war effort on

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Anna Branach-Kallas

the most critical characters in the novel, Francis Coyne loses his belief in the conflict once he realises, with confusion, that war casualties are mostly children (Dunmore 1993 : 154). As John Horne points out, Mortality on the scale of the Great War disturbed the ways in which the living absorbed