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Untold War:
New Perspectives in First World War Studies

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This volume presents original research arising from the society’s third conference in Dublin.

Complex, brutal and challenging, the First World War continues to inspire dynamic research and debate. The third volume to emerge from the pioneering work of the International Society for First World War Studies, this collection of new essays reveals just how plural the conflict actually was – its totalizing tendencies are shown here to have paradoxically produced diversity, innovation and difference, as much as they also gave rise to certain similarities across wartime societies. Exploring the nature of this ‘plural war,’ the contributions to this volume cover diverse themes such as combat, occupation, civic identity, juvenile delinquency, chaplains, art and remembrance, across a wide range of societies, including Germany, France, Britain, German colonial Africa, Belgium and Romania. With chapters on both military and cultural history, this book highlights how the first total war of the twentieth century changed social, cultural and military perceptions to an untold extent.

Contributors: Alan Kramer, Dan Todman, Claudia Siebrecht, Vanessa Ther, Jan Vermeiren, Wencke Meteling, Daniel Steinbach, Aurore François, Edward Madigan, Catriona Pennell, François Bouloc, Sonja Müller, Joëlle Beurier, Lisa Mayerhofer, Heather Jones, Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, Jennifer O’Brien.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements

Introduction: 'Untold War' Heather Jones, Jennifer O’Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian

  1. German and French Regiments on the Western Front, 1914-1918
  2. Hidden Courage: Post-War Literature and Anglican Army Chaplains on the Western Front, 1914-1918
  3. ‘The Germans Have Landed!’: Invasion Fears in the South-East of England, August to December 1914
  4. Making Friends and Foes: Occupiers and Occupied in First World War Romania (1916-1918)
  5. From Street Walking to the Convent: Young Prostitutes Judged by the Juvenile Court of Brussels during World War One
  6. Defending the ‘Heimat’: the Germans in South West Africa and East Africa during the First World War
  7. The ‘Rebirth of Greater Germany’: the Austro-German Alliance and the Outbreak of War?
  8. Toys, Games and Juvenile Literature in Germany and Britain during the First World War. A Comparison ?
  9. The Mater Dolorosa on the Battlefield – Mourning Mothers in German Women’s Art of the First World War
  10. Information, Censorship or Propaganda? The Illustrated French Press in the First World War
  11. ‘War Profiteers’ and ‘War Profiters’: Representing Economic Gain in France during the First World War
  12. ‘Humans are Cheap and the Bread is Dear.’ the Republican Portrayal of the War Experience in Germany
  13. The First World War and German Memory
  14. The First World War in contemporary British Popular Culture
  15. Index