Uncovered Fields

Perspectives in First World War Studies


This volume presents original research on the military, social and cultural history of the First World War. Inspired by the reinvigoration of this subject area in the last decade, its chapters explore the stresses of waging a war, whose “totalizing logic” issued formidable challenges to communities, accounted for the pervasion of the conflict into the private sphere, and brought about specific intellectual responses. Subjects included are race and gender relations, shellshock, civil-military relations, social mobilization and military discipline. It encompasses an unusually broad geographical range, including papers on Britain, France and Germany, but also Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria-Hungary and Latin America.
This collective undertaking will interest those who are dedicated to the comparative history of modern warfare.
Contributors include: Olivier Compagnon, Emmanuelle Cronier, Anne Duménil, Stefan Goebel, Hans-Georg Hofer, Jean-Yves LeNaour, Andre Loez, Jenny Macleod, Jessica Meyer, Michelle Moyd, Michael Neiberg, Tammy Proctor, Pierre Purseigle, Matthew Stibbe, Ismee Tames, Susanne Terwey.

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Jenny Macleod, Ph.D. (2000), Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History and Classics, University of Edinburgh. She was previously Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. Her books on the cultural history of the Gallipoli campaign will be published in 2004.

Pierre Purseigle is a member of Pembroke College and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford. He graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon and studied History at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Toulouse where he is completing his Ph.D. on social mobilization in WWI England and France.

Introduction: Perspectives in First World War Studies
Pierre Purseigle and Jenny Macleod

1. A Uniform of Whiteness: Racisms in the German Officer Corps, 1900–1918
Michelle Moyd
2. Soldiers’ Suffering and Military Justice in the German Army of the Great War
Anne Duménil
3. Cromwell on the Bed Stand: Allied Civil-Military Relations in World War I
Michael S. Neiberg
4. A Community at War: British Civilian Internees at the Ruhleben Camp in Germany, 1914–1918
Matthew Stibbe
5. Beyond and Below the Nations: Towards a Comparative History of Local Communities at War
Pierre Purseigle
6. Stereotypical Bedfellows: The Combination of Anti-Semitism with Germanophobia in Great Britain, 1914–1918
Susanne Terwey
7. Leave and Schizophrenia: Permissionnaires in Paris During the First World War
Emmanuelle Cronier
8. Forging The Industrial Home Front: Iron-Nail Memorials in the Ruhr
Stefan Goebel
9. The Great War Between Degeneration and Regeneration
Jean-Yves Le Naour
10. ‘Gladder to be Going Out Than Afraid’: Shellshock and Heroic Masculinity in Britain, 1914–1919
Jessica Meyer
11. Tears in the Trenches: A History of Emotions and the Experience of War
André Loez
12. La Dame Blanche: Gender and Espionage in Occupied Belgium
Tammy M. Proctor
13. War Neurosis and Viennese Psychiatry in World War One
Hans-Georg Hofer
14. How a Pro-German Minority Influenced Dutch Intellectual Debate During the Great War
Ismee M. Tames
15. 1914–18: The Death Throes of Civilization. The Elites of Latin-America Face the Great War
Olivier Compagnon

All those interested in the First World War, the comparative study of warfare, and its cultural and social history, as well as historians, academic libraries, social sciences institutes and military academies.