British Memoirs and Memoirists of the Great War

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Book Chapter

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Department 1

Civil War Era Studies


Book Description:

“The overall quality and scope of this collection are excellent. Its methodological chapters are particularly strong, its case studies are well-chosen, and it manages to cover major engagements while giving attention to long-neglected topics.” - Sönke Neitzel, London School of Economics

Although war memoirs constitute a rich, varied literary form, they are often dismissed by historians as unreliable. This collection of essays is the first to explore the modern war memoir, revealing the genre’s surprising capacity for breadth and sophistication while remaining sensitive to the challenges it poses for scholars. Covering conflicts from the Napoleonic era to today, the studies gathered here consider how memoirs have been used to transmit particular views of war even as they have emerged within specific social and political contexts.


Original book available from the publisher at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/DwyerWar

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