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The unquiet western front : Britain's role in literature and history
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Britain's role in the First World War has been portrayed through literature, films and plays with a marked un-historical, anti-war spirit. Deeply-rooted myths have thus become dominant and historians have either endorsed them, or have written narrowly for other specialists.
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As a result of the opening of official military archives and more objective study, these portrayals Britain's role in the First World War has been portrayed through literature, films and plays with a marked un-historical, anti-war spirit. As a result of the opening of official military archives and more objective study, these portrayals are now being challenged.
This book traces the controversy from to the present, concluding that historians are finally permitting World War I to be placed in a more accurate perspective. Get A Copy.
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Britain's outstanding military achievement in the First world war has been eclipsed by literary myths, why has the Army's role on the western Front been so seriously misrepresented? This book shows how myths have become deeply rooted, particularly in the inter-war period, in the s when the war was rediscovered, and in the s.
The outstanding 'anti-war' influences have been 'war poets' subalterns' trench memoirs the book and film of All Quiet on the western Front , and the play Journey's End. For a new generation in the s the play and film of Oh what a Lonely war had a dramatic effect, while more recently Blackadder has been dominant, until recently historians had either reinforced the myths, or had failed to counter them.
Now, thanks to the opening of the official archives and a more objective approach by a new generation, the myths are being challenged. This book follows the intense controversy from to the present, and concludes that historians are at last permitting the First world War to be placed in proper perspective.
Fine, like new condition. As starters, he challenges the notion that Britain blundered into a war which was none of its business, brought upon itself unwarranted loss of life and wealth, and secured no tangible rewards. Bond counters that Britain went deliberately to war to stave off the threatening catastrophe of a Europe under German conquest and a Britain reduced to supplicant status.
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