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Finding Common Ground:
New Directions in First World War Studies

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This volume presents research arising from the society’s fourth conference in Washington DC.

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.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements

Introduction: Who Owns the Battlefield? Jennifer D. Keene and Michael S. Neiberg

  1. Preface
  2. Why Are We Still Interested in This Old War?
  3. Black-hearted Traitors, Crucified Martyrs, and the Leaning Virgin: The Role of Rumor and the Great War Canadian Soldier
  4. “Their Lordships Regret That…”: Admiralty Perceptions of and Responses to Allegations of Lower Deck Disquiet
  5. Imperialism, Nationalism and the First World War in India
  6. Letters from Captivity: The First World War Correspondence of the German Prisoners of War in the United Kingdom
  7. Schools, State-Building, and National Conflict in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918
  8. Humanitarian Relief in Europe and the Analogue of War, 1914-1918
  9. Railroads and the Operational Level of War in the German 1918 Offensives
  10. Liaisons not so Dangerous: First World War Liaison Officers and Marshal Ferdinand Foch
  11. The Junior Partner: Anglo-American Military Cooperation in World War I
  12. “The Crusade of Youth.”: Pacifism and the Militarization of Youth Culture in Marc Sangnier’s Peace Congresses, 1923-32
  13. Militarizing the Disabled: Medicine, Industry, and “Total Mobilization” in World War I Germany
  14. “Suspicious Pacifists”: The Dilemma of Polish Veterans Fighting War during the 1920s and 1930s
  15. Index