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Other Fronts, Other Wars?:
First World War Studies on the Eve of the Centennial

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Other Fronts, Other Wars? goes beyond the Western Front geographically and delves behind the trenches focusing on the social and cultural history of the First World War: it covers front experiences in the Ottoman and Russian Armies, captivity in Japan and Turkey, occupation at the Eastern war theatre, medical history (epidemics in Serbia, medical treatment in Germany) and war relief (disabled soldiers in Austria). It studies the home front from the aspect of gender (loosing manliness), transnational comparisons (provincial border towns) and culture (home front entertainments in European metropoles) and gives insight on how attitudes were shaped through intellectual wars of scientists and through commemoration in Serbia. Thus the volume offers a wide range of new approaches to the history of the First World War.

Contributors are Kate Arrioti, Altai Atlı, Gunda Barth-Scalmani, Joachim Bürgschwentner, Wolfram Dornik, Indira Durakovic, Matthias Egger, Maciej Górny, Andrea Griffante, Ke-chin Hsia, Rudolf Kučera, Eva Krivanec, Stephan Lehnstaedt, Bernhard Liemann, Tilman Lüdke, Andrea McKenzie, Mahon Murphy, Nicolas Patin, Livia Prüll, Philipp Rauh, Paul Simmons, Christian Steppan and Katarina Todić.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements

Introduction: Introduction: Approaching the Centenary 1914–2014 Matthias Egger, Joachim Bürgschwentner and Gunda Barth-Scalmani

  1. Lethal Journey between Four Fronts: First World War Experiences of the Reichstag’s Deputies
  2. Combating Desertion and Voluntary Surrender in the Russian Army During the First World War
  3. Baptism by Snow: The Ottoman Experience of Winter Warfare During the First World War
  4. “Our common colonial voices”: Canadian Nurses, Patient Relations, and Nation on Lemnos
  5. Brucken, Beethoven und Baumkuchen: German and Austro-Hungarian Prisoners of War and the Japanese Home Front
  6. Australian Prisoners of the Turks: Negotiating Culture Clash in Captivity
  7. The Camp Newspaper Nedelja as a Reflection of the Experience of Russian Prisoners of War in Austria-Hungary
  8. Two Kinds of Occupation? German and Austro-Hungarian Economic Policy in Congress Poland, 1915–1918
  9. A School of Violence and Spatial Desires? Austro-Hungarian Experiences of War in Eastern Europe, 1914–1918
  10. We and Homeland: German Occupation, Lithuanian Discourse, and War Experience in Ober Ost
  11. Serbia as a Health Threat to Europe: The Wartime Typhus Epidemic, 1914–1915
  12. Other Fronts, Other Diseases? Comparisons of Front-specific Practices in Medical Treatment
  13. Who Provided Care for Wounded and Disabled Soldiers? Conceptualizing State-Civil Society Relationship in First World War Austria
  14. Losing Manliness: Bohemian Workers and the Experience of the Home Front
  15. The Transformation of Local Public Spheres: German, Belgian and Dutch Border Towns during the First World War Compared
  16. War on Stage. Home Front Entertainment in European Metropolises 1914–1918
  17. Strange Fronts, Strange Wars: Germany’s Battle for “Islam” in the Middle East during the First World War, and British Reactions
  18. War between Allies: Polish and Ukrainian Intellectuals 1914–1923
  19. In the Name of Father and Son: Remembering the First World War in Serbia
  20. The Memory Landscape of the South-Western Front: Cultural Legacy, Promotion of Tourism, or European Heritage?
  21. Index